Aug 30

Gee when a public figure is assaulted one can imagine a long line of people with grievances and grudges. However when George Galloway is attacked we are at a loss. Who would do such a thing. I know it would be an extreme reaction by anyone but thought I’d list the groups:-

1) Kuwaitis, Iraqi Shia and Kurds

George before his reinvention as a creep on the left was previously chiefly known for being a creep on the left to Saddam Hussain competing he claims with Donald Rumsfeld to get their tongue in Saddam’s crease – as though that reflects well on either. His subsequent berating of a senate committee maybe most fun in the US Govt since Bill Clinton, a Cigar and a lovely girl called Monica but does demonstrate his sleazy alignments even if MI5/6’s pathetic attempts to smear him failed.

2) The Left

George is like a debauched uncle who turns up at weddings and grabs the Bride’s butt stealing the show but not in a good way.

3) Jews, Israelis or as George calls them Zionists

George has been a Gaza chief crier, as I have, but adds extra scoops of Ice Cream to compliment the bitterness breaking out the ‘Genocide’ crack. I guess someone who supported Saddam’s gassing of the Kurds and war with Iran would know.

4) Chris Hitchens’ Ghost

Whatever a ‘drink sodden former Trotskyite popinjay’ is George called Chris Hitchens it. Or Hitch or The Hitch as that drunk’s apologists called him.

In the end after such a saintly life I am bereft that someone would cruelly attack George.

 

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Aug 09

The current vogue of being righteously upset at the events in Gaza is of course something I agree with. Nonetheless flying Palestinian flags and declaring Israeli free zones is bullshit. The tone is very much ego stroking. Oh this is so bad and I am so good. The mistake of the left though is to stroke the ego. To patronise people who talk of martyrs. If they really supported the people of Gaza there would be talk of ending the Egypt (Saudi’s proxy) and Israeli blockade which causes more lasting misery and reduces some to acts of futile resistance. The coherent message has to be end the blockade not anger and self preening.

The Gaza war for me is amazing for the openness that Israel has shown to journalists. The US/UK machine in Iraq targeted or appears to target reporters it does not like. There were no film as soldiers shot up the road and killed anything on it be it tank or family car with only implanted shills to report on it. No one was allowed to see enough of the murderous assault on Fallujah or the depleted uranium weapons or the cluster bombs or when Sunni factions were hired as death squads – sidebar they were betrayed and we’re now bombing our former death squads as ISIS and other banners. The media snopaked it. Ed Miliband does not get half the odium of Bibi Netanyahu say despite being a leading apparatchik of the vile Blair and Brown regimes who perpetrated those crimes.

Israel fans supply some pretty silly rhetoric of their own they started out saying they were better than Syria and Assad. Wow I’m better person than Jimmy Savile but I won’t be putting that on a T shirt any time soon. Then it was why should Israel be held up and pilloried and not Turkey which claims to also be a 1st world democracy? Let’s keep our standards low I guess.

However they had a point but of course the real parallel and the one most sane would agree with is that of the UK US and their campaigns of drones, death squads, torture, rendition and at times slaughter.  They could point out that the US recruits poor people to be soldiers with promises of lifelong health care and housing and free seats at baseball occasionally. Similarly Israel uses conscripts and thus these groups are hardly going to be civilian friendly – not that the UK’s professional army has not cost Millions because of its lack of control and brutality. The US also uses private contractors with immunity from any charges. War is not a good business. We’re not as bad as the US Army is what Israel could rightly say.

Thus when the glib liar Obama starts lecturing or the inane Kerry gets on his high horse I wonder what Netanyahu thinks? You hypercritical cunts? Not that he gets any sympathy from me having to deal with the glibster and his tall crony it is in some small way retribution although not nearly enough.

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Apr 09

That 15 year olds boast of not knowing who Mrs Thatcher was may be a sign that she had less enduring impact than most credit. That like all media and fantasy creations ‘Legacy’ is a desperate fitting of confluent and chronological events to a narrative that was never written prior. However one group has shown themselves up as still dominated by the Thatcher years. The Left.

The Left have parties and cheer and celebrate as though still fighting a battle they lost 3 decades ago. Many of them will vote for a Labour party far to the right of Mrs Thatcher. Many are in unions that affiliate to Labour. A Labour party even more corrupt than the Tory Party Thatcher led. A party who started wars.

In many ways cheering the death of someone of 87 years is worse than a Pyrrhic victory. Indeed it shows how defeated they were that they have not moved on and faced reality. They burnt mental effigies of Thatcher even as Blair and Brown stole the remaining  life chances of working class kids. They took it personally and are stuck in their silly narrative.

The problem is many on the Left don’t have an end game or indeed an opening gambit just the past.

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Jan 06

Diane Abbot made yet another comment suggesting strongly that she views the differences as substantial between people based purely on skin pigmentation. Why anyone so educated continues to make these mistakes is beyond me. Continue reading »

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Sep 18

Johann Hari in echos of military clowns down the centuries was left with honour as the last resort of the scoundrel. He confessed he was a lying myth spreading hate filled self important person with no journalistic ethics.  Hari gained popularity by telling the Left what they wanted to hear.  That the Tories were indeed evil. That the Liberals had made some deal with the devil when they did the only right thing after the last election. Continue reading »

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Jan 03

If the coalition works out the Liberal Democrats are in danger of not cashing in. They will be tarred with the perceived bad by a left who can somehow find morality whilst supporting Labour. They will get no credit for the stuff some whingers are so busy to flag they are not happy with. The fact is unless the economy tanks, in which case no one will do well, the majority will likely feel safer and more secure if not better off in a few years. Thus either way distancing themselves from Osborne is a mistake. Continue reading »

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Dec 24

One of the most inspiring speakers I have heard was found guilty of lying to a court yesterday.  Tommy Sheridan had once been a inspirational figure in the fight against the Poll Tax and as leader of 7 Scottish Socialist MSPs actually managed to translate that into something tangible. Continue reading »

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Oct 25

Someone on the Independent Disqus forum gave me this rebuke:-

“Clearly history shows the cuts are a bigger risk than need be taken.”

Does it? Could you provide an historical example that demonstrates this?

Britain cut public spending in the early 1930s (several years before the USA was forced to, after the failure of higher government spending to stimulate the economy).

As the NIESR analysis showed, Britain was rewarded with consistent and sustained growth.

I would say that history clearly shows that sustained deficit spending has never been successful in producing growth. I challenge you to provide a counter-example.

The top sentence is mine take out of context but the rest is his. Pretty economically literate and hard to argue with? My question not listed was why the urgency of the cuts after what can be little more than  2 months of Govt working time. Anyway our conversation continued until I got an answer of sorts which was:-

Do you honestly believe that the Tories hadn’t been working out all the scenarios before coming to power, of course they did. Given their quick response with sound ideas they obviously worked through a number of scenarios based on different levels of debt as we all know Brown was hiding the countries credit card statements until after the election.

Welfare spending went through the roof under the socialists to unaffordable levels and now is the time for a re-adjustment to get the message home that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Note the ranting nature of this. Gone are the statements of prove me wrong. Gone is any attempt at balance or threats of deeper knowledge or challenge. A series of assertions and a “Do you honestly believe…” – I do actually. Besides the real problem with cuts is that no one with a different perspective has perused it and as Simon Hughes intimated yesterday that causes issues. The point being people of left and right keep posting really compelling economic articles and conclusions that support their position. However stretch these people on detail and they have no clue.

Do we just choose posters who meet our biases and plaster that view like there is no alternative? Else where do we look for info to decide? How do I assess if a Balls’ plan or wee Georgie’s is wrong. Again what I do not know is greater than what I know but it’s as true of these clarion voices for Labour or Conservative just they do not realise it.

My conclusion on cuts is that it is about risk and will probably be OK except for the poor and longstanding public sector workers. For me in the situation that confronts us the past is only a shallow guide in the world of global capital and the interactions between economies. These cut and paste opinions are merely sanctimonious. The Left has to avoid over stating the downside for the economy as more than a potential risk or they will probably have cried wolf.

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Mar 30

Up the road from me is the Unite union Cabin Crew strike headquarters. Outside there are Unite banners and one can see picket lines at major roundabouts around the airport – honk if you pass by the way. However one thing that does look out of place is the Socialist Worker stall in front of strike headquarters.

I inadvertently attended for various reasons the initial rally on the first morning and the grounds were filled out with out of place newspaper sellers. No one was buying but their banners were on TV and alongside those of the strikers. I’d be interested what they thought they were adding by being there? Whether they thought their support was wanted or could ever be helpful?

I know many members of the Socialist/Militant party who have helped groups like the Liverpool Dockers taking them into other workplaces and raising money for them. Also it’s understandable that if you are preaching the evils of Global Capital to try to recruit people brought face to face with that reality. Nonetheless I do not see any purpose sending in people with banners and posters to sell newspapers to other people’s industrial fights. It does not help the dispute and can hinder in a small sense.

The Left really needs to think about how it gets some finger hold on the national politics. However its current methods are almost parasitic and seem to serve no positive purpose. Merely giving apologists the ability to smear all those they claim to support.

Indeed it’s unclear to me if the displays of banners and newspaper selling is more of a test of the commitment of young party members than anything else.  Pretty corporate in a way frankly!

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