Brexit Breakdown-This Bastard’s Carnival

Boris Johnson is not going to stand for Tory leader and by default, the next Prime Minister of the UK. All of the mess in regards Brexit was because Johnson wanted the PM’s job and shat David Cameron up so much he got forced into an alley and had to call a referendum, and now rather than be part of cleaning up the mess he’s caused he’s decided to slink off into the background to become the most hated man in the UK which must make Gary Glitter breathe a sigh of relief for a while.

Of course Johnson would have fucked things up but if you break it, you fix it, now we have realistically either Teresa May or Michael Gove as next Tory leader and Prime Minister because neither will call an election although both will take the Tories on a new direction that makes what we’ve seen under Cameron seem like a breeze. As someone who was so recently crapping themselves working out what type of cancer they had I can only say this feels exactly like that. Actually, it’s worse because I may be cleared of cancer but either of this pair will fuck us over with no hope of recovery. We have a succession of Tories fighting to become their Adam Susan.

There will be no general election, so all you lefty types that voted to leave hoping that would happen I hope you’re happy. We’ve got a choice between a Tory that wants rid of human rights, has introduced the Snooper’s Charter and gave us the racist van or a Tory that’s backed by Paul Dacre and Rupert Murdoch who is such a hardcore Unionist he’d risk the Good Friday Agreement.

The fallout of the Brexit vote is enormous. Imagine now a UK being rewritten in the image of Michael Gove and Teresa May. Don’t be black, poor, Muslim, gay, Scottish,Irish, Welsh, working class, disabled, or anything that won’t conform to their vision of a ‘proud’ ‘one-nation’ Britain where the Tories have everything under control and the masturbating imp of UKIP sit on their shoulder pushing them evermore over to the far right.

But today belongs to Boris Johnson. A coward who broke the country, broke people’s lives and destroyed the future of millions of people alive now and yet to be born, but didn’t want to take responsibility for what he did. Only his constituents now get a say on his future while we all get to pick up the mess that started on the playing fields of Eton decades ago.

So there’s only one song to close this….

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They’re hypocrites so fuck them too-The Last Days of the EU Referendum

I watched David Cameron taking a verbal kicking last night on the BBC’s Question Time EU Referendum special to the point that at times, I actually nearly felt sorry for Cameron, a man who has done things I utterly reject and despise. Maybe it was the attitude that ‘experts’ aren’t be listened to, or when trying to explain the concept of risk assessment he was sneered at, or the look of dawning horror as to what’s been unleashed when people were discussing whether the children of immigrants (or refugees, nobody is concerned now at draw a distinction between them on the Leave side) should be looked after as we have a duty of care to protect them or to tell them to fuck off because they might grow up and claim benefits. I think at that point Cameron had a mix of revulsion and realisation that everything the Tories have stirred up over the decades has come to this.

The main attitude from the audience and indeed, many like that supporting Brexit was that of an aggressive ignorance veering into xenophobia and anti-intelletualism. Cameron’s a hypocrite so fuck him. Experts, what do they know, fuck them. Corbyn, lefty prick, fuck him. Scots, fucking Jocks, fuck them. Northern Irish, fuck them!  Steven Hawking?What the fuck does he know, fuck him!!

In this climate where everyone is deemed a liar, a hypocrite or worse, the likes of Nigel Farage infect public debate. He’s said today Cameron’s making capital from the death of Jo Cox. Now, I despise what Cameron’s done to this country and its people but he’s handled the situation over Cox’s murder well mainly because he’s looked human as opposed to a glazed ham in a suit. He’s looked shocked because he’s probably realised (as many MP’s probably have) that could have been him as the far right are now well and truly motivated now. So I grudgingly praise the man for letting through a chink of humanity. If I can do it, you’d think anyone can but not Farage, a man now clearly and openly pitching to the sort of lunatic that thinks Jo Cox’s murder was a ‘false flag’. As has been said my many, we’re in a fact free politics where people’s rightful cynicism of the political system is being exploited by a hateful little racist prick like Farage.

When everyone is a liar, or a hypocrite, or a prick, or when there’s no progressive alternative to a hard right Tory agenda (Scotland being an exception in the UK) thanks to Labour being a hollowed out shell of its former self, what do we expect? This isn’t going away and whatever happens on Thursday people’s anger has to be dealt with and one of those ways to to give alternatives yet the Remain side instead has held up threats and bullying as the alternative and too late called in the likes of Nicola Sturgeon or Caroline Lucas to give a more intelligent argument to stay, Your Farage’s or Katie Hopkins only need to shift blame from themselves by calling everyone a liar while sitting there smugly knowing they’re dragging the debate down into the shit-filled bat they inhabit and they’ll get what they want. They might not get a Brexit, but they’ll have poisoned the well and that’s enough for them.

Lastly, a word for John Oliver’s piece on his programme on HBO this week. It’s good, very good, and Oliver (a man who does get angry at things) is at times trying hard to hold himself back here. This is 15 minutes or so of brilliant television.

David Cameron has been told he’s fucked everything at an EU Referendum debate

During a Buzzfeed EU referendum debate this afternoon broadcast live on Sky News this happened.

She’s right, Cameron’s fucked everything but dear me, the look on his puffy red face is the best thing ever….

Did they expect us to treat them with any respect? The EU Referendum drones on..

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Being off work thanks to illness means at this time I get to see things like this morning’s debate on the EU Referendum on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on the BBC. It managed the what I thought unachievable which it actually made me sympathise with Yvette Cooper who was shouted down by those on the Brexit side, but that’s to be expected. What was telling was the British-Asian chap who was voting to leave complaining about the racist rhetoric coming from many on the Leave side who was also shouted down and sneered at by those around him. In fact whenever the camera switched back to him the looks of disgust he was getting was telling.

Yet this is a result of a campaign that’s been in the sewer for weeks with Cameron’s promises of World War 3 and Armageddon and Johnson and Gove’s often pitifully wistful idea of an imperial England (let’s be blunt, this is a referendum about England’s place in the world with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being dragged into the slipstream) with Boris Johnson at it’s helm. Yet, like Donald Trump, it should be clear for all that Johnson isn’t fit to govern and should be held in the utmost contempt but some do give him respect and that’s an astonishing thing.

This doesn’t let Cameron off the hook. He’s the man who’s taken us to the brink of leaving the EU because of an internal Tory Party debate that’s been raging since before I was born and I’m approaching my half century. He can make the case for the EU by saying ‘well actually the reason you’ve not got a house or a job is because of UK governments like mine. We’ve fucked you over. Sorry.’ Obviously he won’t, but this is such a disingenuous debate that we face leaving the EU not based on a progressive, leftish argument but because we hate immigrants and foreigners. The example of the chap being jeered on the Victoria Derbyshire show highlighted just where the Brexit campaign now occupies and thanks to Nigel Farage’s increasingly repulsive rhetoric which assumes every immigrant and refugee is a rapist we now stand ready to say to the world ‘we are a vile, racist, closed country that hates the world. Fuck you.‘. Is it any surprise those other countries in the EU and Europe are now looking at the UK with fearful, nearly hateful eyes because they know what a Brexit based upon fear of the Other would unleash across Europe. Before those Brexit supporters say ”it’s about democracy‘ then that line would work if the likes of Johnson or Farage supported abolition of the House of Lords and at the very least, a federal UK, yet neither do. For them it’s a return to England’s heyday at the centre of Empire and for them, the world.

And Cameron knows he’s fucked up. The event today where he’s got Labour, Lib Dem and sadly, The Greens with him to support a Remain vote shows he’s trying to temper his bullshit, but as any student of the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign will tell you, being a so-called progressive politician sharing a platform with Tories is dangerous which is why I’m annoyed at the Greens and glad to see Jeremy Corbyn wisely decided to avoid being seen at the same platform as Cameron. For all of Corbyn’s many flaws, he’s smart enough to realise he’d alienate many of his voters standing next to a man that is accused of putting his penis into a pig.

Yet the positive arguments are there as Scottish First Minster Nicola Sturgeon has Tweeted.

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Yet with just over a fortnight to go making the positive case this late may not get whatever side over the line as it’s been a contemptible vile campaign that has bottled up the very worst of the Independence Referendum, mixed it with the worst of all sides of Toryism, thrown in, a lot of English/British exceptionalism, bullshit, and racism with a side order of xenophobia.

Look, the EU isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination and there’s seriously compelling arguments to leave and to stay but up to now neither side is making them. The Remain side look like they’re starting to drop the apocalyptic tone, but if you’ve got Nigel Farage calling immigrants potential rapists it’s hard to pull back once you’ve went there because you’ve crossed a line and there’s no coming back. Yet here we are, 17 days out from a vote that could see us pull out of the EU, and by action, that would end the UK as we know it too.

There are good factual reasons to stay and I’ve pointed people in that direction before, and as someone who wants to remain but realises the democratic deficit of the EU, I also realise there’s a good argument to leave but I’ve not heard it. I’m not going to vote to leave thus empowering Johnson, Gove and Farage with all the mouthbreathers that will come out of the woodwork once the rhetoric on immigrants and refugees step up a gear after a Brexit. Both campaigns are contemptuous but this is really about voting for the lesser evil and I’m not handing the far right, iimperialistic Tories control of the UK because this is what this has become. A vote about what Tories are going to fuck us the least in the future, not democracy, not self determination.

 

Let’s Go To War

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The above image is by the great Rick Geary.

Tomorrow sees the House of Commons debate possible UK bombing in Syria for over ten hours in an amazing display of democracy apart from the fact that all the people wanting to go and bomb people caught in a war between ISIS,  Assad’s forces and the 70k ‘moderates’ David Cameron said would be the UK’s ground forces aren’t too keen in getting the UK involved when US involvement hasn’t exactly turned out well for the innocent people of Syria.

It is however the fact that all sides in Syria are targeting civilians that’s especially repugnant. Only today Assad’s forces bombed a hospital in Homs causing the loss of life of medical staff trying to patch people up in a war that’s displaced millions across the planet and sees no real end. The truth is the cities of Syria are rubble and a Google image search reveals the horrors of ISIS. Streets running with blood, severed heads lined up in a row in display, women being tortured, men having their brains blown out and on and on. The internet is full of the atrocities of ISIS and I recommend you look at those images too as you’ll realise that they need to be stopped yet the UK joining that bombing campaign isn’t going to help.

Our handful of planes are militarily useless and our super, duper Brimstone missiles ‘minimises collateral damage’  which is a fancy way of saying we won’t kill as many as we might.

What is the point of saving innocent people from the barbarity of ISIS, or the savagery of Assad if we’re going to blow them to pieces? I also suggest doing a Google search on Syrian collateral damage, it’s not comfortable to look at but again that’s the reality of dropping bombs on human beings and that’s what we’re going to do in Syria.

But what about David Cameron’s claim we have 70k ‘moderate’ troops that can take ISIS on and follow up our bombing missions? Well, Craig Murray lays that claim to rest on his blog.

Meantime we can ourselves deconstruct the 70,000 figure and work out the various civil service sleights of hand that produced it. We have Cameron’s written response to the Foreign Affairs Committee in which he sets out his case for war. This document is of course extremely carefully written.

The 70,000 figure is at page 18. It does then give the breakdown of who these 70,000 are.

The very first group listed are the Kurds, and they are indeed the best organised and most numerous group. But there is a trick here – the paper includes them in the 70,000, despite going on to accept that they are not available to fight in Isil territory because it is Arab not Kurdish land. So that already knocks the largest and best contingent out of the 70,000.

Why were the Kurds included in the total when the paper itself acknowledges they are not available?

After that, Cameron is really struggling and the paper becomes vague. The paper talks (p.19) of rebel forces who defended the Syrian-Turkish border near Aleppo from ISIL attack.

This is perfectly true, but their leading fighting component is Jabhat-al-Nusra, an open al-Qaida affiliate. They cannot conceivably be described as moderate, and are armed and equipped by Saudi Arabia. Their principle martial activity is looting and raping in Shia villages. There are in fact about two dozen rebel groups around Aleppo – here is a good snapshot – who often fight each other and for the last few months have been losing ground to Assad forces. They are also a primary target of the Russians. It is simply nonsense that they could march on ISIS in Raqqa.

Cameron’s paper then goes on to reference the southern front of the Free Syrian Army, and paints a rather rose-coloured picture of its military prowess. The Free Syrian army can legitimately be painted as less extremist than other groups, with some important reservations, but nobody has ever assessed the strength of its southern branch at over 10,000 fighters. It is completely pre-occupied with fighting Assad and Hezbollah.

After that, the paper is seriously stuck, and goes on to enumerate policemen, “white helmet” humanitarian workers and even local authority engineering workforces as part of the evidence of the existence of moderate forces. Whether any of these groups is included in that amazing 70,000 total is unclear.

What is clear is that the 70,000 figure does not stand up to thirty seconds scrutiny, and there is no coherent plan whatsoever for ground forces to follow up air attack.

This has been at the heart of the SNP, Lib Dem, Plaid Cymru and the Jeremy Corbyn (who cuts an increasingly isolated figure in his party) side as to just where Cameron is pulling this figure from. Today it’s been announced it’s a secret.

Messenger told the committee: “I can’t get into detail because of the level of classification of this briefing. What I can say is there is a spectrum of extremism.”

Lewis interrupted Messenger, saying: “I’m sorry, General, I don’t accept that at all. These groups are known to exist and the prime minister has come forward with a figure of 70,000 and he has obviously got a basis for that figure. There is nothing of a sensitive or classified nature about which of these known groups he is including in his total and which he isn’t.

“As the prime minister is asking us to make a decision based in part on this idea that there is some democratic third force between the devil and the deep blue sea, as the government sees it of [President Bashar al-]Assad and Isil/Daesh, I think the public and indeed parliamentarians, before we vote, are entitled to know how are these 70,000 made up.

“There can’t be anything possibly sensitive about which of the forces out there which are known to exist, such as the ones that make up the Islamic Front, whether they are included in the total or not.”

On the eve of the UK entering a war that involves the world’s two largest superpowers, and a week after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter, David Cameron is leading the UK on a imperialistic charge into Syria using the sort of language that an elected leader should never use about people holding an opposing position.

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Cameron and most of his Tory MP’s are going to vote to involve the UK in a bloody civil war in a country that’s being turned to rubble. Backed by those right wing Labour MP’s that probably think Tony Blair was right about Iraq and 12 years on are totally unapologetic about what their party did, the UK will go to war not knowing an exit strategy, and more dangerously, not knowing that if something goes wrong, like say, a British fighter accidentally shooting down a Russian fighter plane where that may lead us.

I dare say Cameron doesn’t care. He’s getting his war. This is what he’s dreamed of to lead the UK into a big war so he feels important, but like most people that send men and women to war and that doom innocents to their death he doesn’t care.

Now I’m not saying ISIS shouldn’t be stopped. They should. But bombing hasn’t stopped ISIS committing terrorist atrocities since bombing intensified in 2014.

I have no idea what the solution is. I do know that when you’ve got voices like Peter Hitchens, Alex Salmond, Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas, Nicola Sturgeon, Ken Livingstone, David Davis, Leanne Wood and dozens more from the left, the right and the nominal centre of British politics all saying ‘back off, think and work something better out’ then rushing to war using the Paris attacks as justification is wrong.

But it’s too late. Cameron’s got his numbers and we’re going to war. I only hope something extraordinary happens to either stop this, or to solve the Gordian knot that is Syria because there’s no fucking way anymore bombs are going to help.

The Evil Empire of Everything-Welcome to Tory Britain

There’s a point in Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons where Dr. Manhattan (the naked blue superhero) has left Earth for Mars and left his home planet to a probable nuclear destruction because as a near godlike figure he can no longer see any worth in humanity as they’re a selfish, thankless race who will be replaced on Earth by whatever evolution decides to be top of the food chain after nuclear Armageddon. He’s convinced by Laurie, his former girlfriend and former superhero, that there’s something in humanity so that each life is a small thermodynamic miracle.

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Laurie reminds Dr. Manhattan of the uniqueness of us all. We are all in our own way miracles and our lives have value beyond comprehension because at some level we all hold the potential for something. We don’t know what, let alone we might never reach that potential for greatness but at the moment here where Alan Moore has Dr. Manhattan stare aloofly at the pale blue dot in the sky from his refuge on Mars, speak to the last human that meant anything to him and at this moment he remembers the value of life. It’s an amazingly uplifting and positive bit of writing which reminds us of our humanity.

Lately though in the real world it seems losing your humanity is par for the course for people like David Cameron and George Osborne, who seem to be able to tell us the price of everything, but have no comprehension of the value of life. The British state values itself and it’s more powerful supporters more than anyone, or anything else, just look at Michelle Mone, an unelected business woman that sucked up campaign to keep Scotland in the UK and is now a lawmaker in the House of Lords. Just look at David Cameron sucking up to the Chinese president as thousands across the UK lose their jobs in the steel industry.

To the Tories, human life is valued only by how much it’s worth to you, and of course, if you’re one of them. So people like Mone become allies and even though not one single person has never voted for her, she has input into how laws affecting you and I are written. Palms are greased, favours are done and the powerful rewards those that help keep the establishment safe.

Take Iain Duncan Smith, He famously had an epiphany over a decade ago when as Tory leader of the opposition he visited Easterhouse in Glasgow and saw the poverty people endured day-to-day first hand for himself. He pushed the idea of ‘compassionate Conservatism’ and some thought this was the man that could bring people out of poverty. In fact he’s driven people further, and deeper into poverty, plus his policies are driving people to the last, and worst option as they’d rather take their life than live on in a country run by Iain Duncan Smith and his like.

People live in the sort of deep, grinding poverty that in the UK in 2015 is Victorian in scale and effect. Don’t believe me? Read this New Statesman article about Easterhouse now reflecting on Iain Duncan Smith’s visit. These people have been disregarded, and in some cases, dehumanised by government policies designed not to help them, but attack them and to punish them because the Tories don’t see people on benefits in poverty as having anyone to blame but themselves.

In today’s Tory Britain people are ‘strivers’, they’ve become ‘hard working’. They’re constantly described in language that means they ‘aspire’ to something else, but the people that fall through the cracks are disregarded. All the disabled, unemployed, poor and the most vulnerable are described as ‘scroungers’, ‘leeches’ and have to be forced in the eyes of the Tories to become a real person that strives and aspires.For these people though every single day they strive for better and they work hard just to survive but for the Tories (not to mention those that support them) they’re somehow not quite as important as anyone else because in the eyes of a David Cameron, George Osborne or a Iain Duncan Smith they’re just there to be exploited as any other resource.

For Tories there are no thermodynamic miracles. Unless you’re rich or powerful enough to matter. Then you’re on their radar. Humanity is to be used to make corporations money because once you’re in debt, you’re able to be used by those predatory companies that see people not as individual human beings but Money Generating Units.

I’m done with that all. I’m done with a supine Labour Party opposing the Tories when it suits them, even under Corbyn their opposition has been flaky at best. I’m done with a media in thrall to the establishment and I’m done with  endless faceless Tory drones laughing inside when they hear of someone killing themselves because they didn’t want to make that choice between heating or eating anymore. I want a better world where each person, each thermodynamic miracle can reach for their potential without having to worry where they went to school, or how much their folks earn, or who they know to help them get into the positions of power.

The next five years are going to be brutal for people in places like Easterhouse all over Scotland and the UK. People are going to die because the government of the day have decided to rule over them like an evil imperial power splitting people into ‘strivers’ and ‘wasters’ therefore deciding who lives or dies. Who suffers in abject poverty or who has a comfortable life where the next meal isn’t something days away.

So we need to remember we’re all the same. We’re all deserving of the same chances. We need to fight the Tories with every single breath when we can because if we don’t the UK isn’t going to be a place worth living in for many people at the bottom of society in five years and for many of us, there’s not going to be a chance to achieve any of our dreams and hopes because thanks to the Tories, the act of survival will be paramount as a dystopian future is created for one group of people and bread and circuses for the majority.

Unite to fight the Tories. That’s all that matters now.

What I though of ‘Whipping Up A Storm’ by Natalie Rowe

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Natalie Rowe is a Bradford born dominatrix who had some very interesting clients in the 80’s onwards, and Whipping Up A Storm is her story from a wee girl in Bradford dreaming of fame and fortune, to a head of an escort agency called Black Beauties who would service the needs to the rich and powerful in London, and indeed, in other parts of Europe. In the UK she’s famous for causing a bit of a stir about her relationship with current Chancellor George Osborne, and this picture of her and Osborne at one of her parties in her flat in London.

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The book tells Rowe’s story in more or less sequential order from her youth in Bradford through to her moving to London in the 80’s, then her success in building up her business selling sex to the rich and powerful and ends at some point in the 90’s where to say the very least, she’s lived a life and a half by then.

Throughout the book Rowe does make you confront your feelings about prostitution as it’s the case her that I never get the impression 99% of the time that Rowe is being exploited by anyone. She comes over far too strong a person for that, and the argument is that she and her agency provided a service which a variety of customers more than glad use, and it’s these customers that provide some of the humour of the book as frankly, some of them are powerful, but pathetic figures desperate to relive some of that domination they had in the places likes Eton where they grew up. I’ll not reveal too much but my personal favourite is Mr. Twist, and although his personal peccadillo made my eyes water Rowe makes one particular story of him leg-crossingly hilarious.

But the money shot of this book is George Osborne, the man it seems is destined by the Tory Party to succeed David Cameron as Conservative leader, and he hopes, the next UK Prime Minister. Even when she first meets Osborne as part of a group of three exceptionally posh, not to mention wealthy friends she’s wary of him, and although she indulge in a bit of S & M (on a professional level) with him (he likes dressing in rubber pants) she feels he’s not an especially nice, or indeed, a decent person.

Osborne frankly comes over badly as a spoiled, entitled rich kid that thinks he’s destined for big things but fails to relate to the working class of poor because as a good Tory, these are not Osborne’s people. He also comes over as a damaged person but almost psychopathic in his dealings with people which is something that even a casual observer can see. Then there’s the drugs and there’s a lot of drugs (he calls them ‘naughties’) consumed by Osborne in the course of this book.

If you like political gossip, biographies and a big chunk of social comment (which runs through this book whether Rowe meant to or not) then Whipping Up A Storm is an essential read. Yes there are problems with it. A good editor would have tightened up the narrative plus a proofreader would have cut out the spelling and grammar mistakes but this is a self-published book via Amazon so don’t expect that same level you get elsewhere in those regards.

Otherwise this is a cracking bit of gossipy, scurrilous muck-spreading that reminds the public that the  reader that those MP’s who proclaim to be morally superior are probably being buggered senseless, or being whipped by someone like Natalie Rowe who’ll charge them a rather large sum of money for it.

The book is available via Amazon and can be bought here. Do so, it’s worth a tenner just for the Osborne stuff by itself….