The end of internationalism

With Brexit now changed things forever it’s about time we started facing up to what’s been done and dealing with the consequences of pushing what is a xenophobic, isolationist concept upon a population which overall, isn’t. The problem is that we won’t know what we’ll miss until it hits us which doesn’t mean you won’t get a nice Italian wine anymore, but I’m talking people and the culture immigrants bring to us.

This Wings Over Scotland article touches upon the issue which we’re really going to have to deal with as the right in the Tories are now fiercely anti-immigrant, Labour haven’t stood up for immigration either and there’s actual fascists holding Nazi-like rallies just by the Cenotaph in London. People don’t seem to realise that the reason immigrants (and asylum seekers) come to the UK isn’t to ‘steal welfare money or houses’ but it’s because they want to come here to live, work, love and grow older in an adopted home. Theresa May called these people ‘citizens of nowhere’ which was dehumanising not to mention has meant millions of people are stuck in a legal limbo because the UK is using them as bargaining chips.

We’re entering a world where celebrating other cultures, even welcoming them, will be seen as an act that goes against the ‘will of the people’ and that we should ‘respect people’s concerns about immigration’. Nah, fuck that. Educate people about the reality of immigration and if they still have issues then they’re racists.

The time to fuck about is gone. We’re facing a fight most of us aren’t even realising we’re in but by the time we do then things will be much, much too late.

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Brexit Day!

Today was supposed to be Brexit Day when the UK left the EU. IT wasn’t but that didn’t stop an assorted crowd of hard to far right protesters piling into London who have been attacking journalists, threatening MP’s and drunkenly cheering on ”Tommy Robinson”. In sharp contrast to last Saturday’s march against Brexit today has been a travesty, but it’s also a sign where things are going as neither the Tories or Labour are going to stop Brexit so these people are going to grow stronger and stronger.

If today hasn’t convinced you that Brexit is mainly fuelled by white ethnic nationalism (and Will Self says here) then you’re probably part of the problem & the problem is that for over a decade the political debate in England has been racist and anti-immigrant. That collided with the fight against the EU and this mutant hybrid shat itself into existence, and because of David Cameron’s pathetic weakness we’re now fucked.

This cannot go on but it will, and a country which should have backed the fuck off after the murder of Jo Cox instead threw itself into the swamp dragging the other countries of the UK with it and all the worst evils of Unionism (both the Tory version and Labour’s version) are smeared for all to see. There was even representatives of the Orange Order involved with today’s protests/riots.

Not all leavers are racists. Many wanted relief from crushing austerity which had started in 2009 under Labour and ramped up by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition.They were used and lied to by millionaires like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg but now they’re being driven into the arms of the far right  because the Westminster democratic process has collapsed. Both government and opposition have failed with nobody having the balls to revoke Article 50 and stopping what’s the most damaging thing to happen to a country in peacetime.

Today the far right grew stronger and we should all be worried because this isn’t funny. It never fucking was but today your eyes should have been opened and you have to join the fight against Brexit because otherwise in a fortnight’s time we enter a very dark place indeed.

Scott Walker RIP

Back in the long hot summer of 1995 I went down to Glastonbury for a weekend of fun and games, with a couple of friends, Denise and Joe who were driving down. We were travelling in a battered old car which groaned with our stuff but spirits were high as we left Leicester to hit the M69 to head to the South West. As we approached Coventry Joe stuck on the one tape we had for the trip which was a copy of the Best of Scott Walker and as he stuck it in, and pressed play the first chinks of sunrise broke as this played.

It was the sign it was going to be a good weekend.

By this point in the mid 90’s, Walker had gained an appreciation among the Indie kids who weren’t having the dull boot heel of Britpop kicking them in the head, though folks like myself grew up with Walker’s music. Basically if you grew up in the 70’s and your family had taste you’d normally head one Walker tune all the time. Mine was Jackie.

But the king was this one.

No Regrets was my drunken pulling song along with Blondie’s Atomic for years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Those were the days.

What I’m basically saying is that Scott Walker is dead but his music won’t die. Walker has been with me musically for more or less my entire life. His music was there during some amazingly memorable times and still will because just listen to the man sing on songs like this…

I mean, just fuck, listen to it! If that song doesn’t move you a bit then you have no soul.

But the sun won’t shine anymore for him and it’s only fitting to close this with this performance of a Jacques Brel song…

The day after the People’s Vote March

Yesterday either a million or two million (depending on your source of information) marched through the streets of London united against Brexit. It was an astonishing coalition of left, right and centre which we’ve not seen since the march against the Iraq War in 2003 and from the air is a massive thing of awe.

What though did it achieve?

For one it broke the myth of ‘the people’ support Brexit that Theresa May and a number of Brexiters push, and push hard mainly because they know deep down the harm Brexit is causing and will cause for likely a generation. It’s a deeply authoritarian concept designed to keep down dissent so yesterday showed wonderfully how to peacefully protest and make the point that we’re not going to take this without a battle.

It also clearly rattled the two main Brexit parties as both Tories and Labour have tried hard to deflect from yesterday’ march with the Tories launching another leadership coup with the horrific idea of Michael Gove as leader, so therefore Prime Minister and Labour doing their best to ignore Brexit even exists as an issue as has been the case far too often over the last two years.

Truth is the aftermath of yesterday won’t be told today or tomorrow but if 2003’s protests are anything to go by then the real effects won’t be seen for some time yet, but a million people at least protesting in the streets changes things, and if you think these people are on the wrong side of history may I remind you again of 2003 when the protesters were well and truly proven right.

Good luck to everyone on the People’s Vote March today

Today is the People’s Vote March in London. Had I still lived in Bristol I’d be there today not because I agree with a second vote (at least not without some serious caveats to protect Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from the decision of England) but because as many bodies as possible need to oppose what is a fascist takeover of the UK led by strict authoritarians.

Right now the crowds look huge so hopefully it matches or betters the protest against the Iraq War in 2003 when millions of us took to the streets. It needs to be because we need to make a stand, or we risk letting something awful happen which won’t be fixed easily.

If however you can’t make the march today then sign the petition to revoke Article 50 and add your name to the 4 million plus who have already put their name down. Click here to add your name.

One last act of defiance a week before Brexit…

A week to go. Theresa May has set everyone against each other. MP’s are either looking over their shoulders in fear of a far right attack, or are joining in with the increasingly authoritarian tone which is shaping this government, and indeed, the entire Brexit project. Meanwhile the leader of the opposition fails to oppose and the actual referendum itself was clearly the work of corrupt powers and dark money but we’re somehow locked into a death spiral by it because nobody in power has the courage to revoke Article 50 and end this lunacy.

So with the leadership of the Conservatives and Labour proving useless it has turned upon the people to protest by signing a petition to revoke Article 50. It isn’t much but right now but as I type this there’s 1.5 million signatures for a petition that’s been up 24 hours.

Sign here to add your name.

Click here to see how the petition is doing without causing stress on the servers.

 

Please sign. If we can get this into the millions then we can hopefully force our MP’s to act for the good of us rather than drive us into a cliff.