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.

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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….

There is a serious side to Piggate and David Cameron sticking his cock in a pig’s mouth

In all the hilarity about Cameron slipping his shiny member into a dead pig’s head so he could become a member of an elite bunch of bastards that think fucking a pig. The fact is Cameron willingly put his cock into a pig’s head, and this act was photographed so they could keep something gloriously fucked on David Cameron should he do one of them over. In this case it’s Lord Ashcroft who is pissed off he didn’t get a job in Cameron’s cabinet. That’s right, an unelected peer is spilling his guts because he’s annoyed, and fair enough, it’s possibly going to bring down David Cameron.

Cameron’s made a pig’s ear out of Piggate. He should have  denied it straight away, laughed it off and called Ashcroft out on his bluff, unless of course, Cameron knows fine well that Ashcroft isn’t bluffing and this photographic proof can make it’s way out into the public domain.Cameron can either deny, brush it off or as he has done, stay quiet and let the press team put out non-denial-denials which aren’t actually saying ‘yeah, I didn’t fuck a pig’s head, alright‘.

It is now at the point where it looks like Ashcroft isn’t lying and in fact, Cameron did his deed with the porky beasts head, or at least in the minds of millions around the UK and the world, people are going to look at Cameron from now on and think ‘pigfucker‘.

As glorious as it is to see Cameron’s name being dragged into the swill, there’s a prospect here of George Osborne taking over the Tory leadership, and being Prime Minister sooner rather than later because Cameron’s a laughing stock. Can you imagine him trying to be ‘tough’ with say, Angela Merkel, or cozy up to Obama and all the time inside they’re pissing themselves laughing at this silly looking man that fucked a pig? Ashcroft has Lyndon Johnsoned Cameron so completely that it’s impossible for Cameron to get out of this without it damaging him irreparably.

What do I mean by ‘Lyndon Johnsoned’? This snippet from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail should explain…

(I)n both the Ohio and Nebraska primaries, back to back, McGovern was confronted for the first time with the politics of the rabbit-punch and the groin shot, and in both states he found himself dangerously vulnerable to this kind of thing.  Dirty politics confused him.  He was not ready for it….

This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics.  Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas.  The race was close and Johnson was getting worried.  Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumor campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows.

“Christ, we can’t get a way calling him a pig-fucker,” the campaign manager protested.  “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”

“I know,” Johnson replied.  “But let’s make the sonofabitch deny it.”

The idea that powerful people essentially collate material to blackmail, or ruin people later in life when they’re powerful but have wronged them in their eyes, or are no longer useful to the establishment (or both in this case) and suddenly a Prime Minister stands on the brink of having to deny to the planet that he put his floppy dick in a pig’s mouth (also if he denies it’s a erect Cameron penis that rested in a pig’s mouth til he became spent it’s even worse) he’s over. This is political checkmate. Cameron can’t get out of it and it’s glorious to see the fucker burn.

But when the dust settles we could be faced with George Osborne facing Angus Robertson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQ’s as he settles into being Prime Minister and that scares the shite out of me. So let’s enjoy the fun for now because there could be a serious battle come the other end if, or indeed, once, Cameron is gone to that pig sty in the political wilderness.

Mhairi Black’s maiden speech is the most inspirational thing you’ll hear

Things are pretty crap at the minute. The Tories are running around like lunatics trying their best to push through every single half arsed idea they’ve had while George Osborne last week released the most brutally regressive budget I’ve ever seen. Yesterday the EU humiliated the Greeks and Labour’s spine left them possibly for good as Harriet Harman announced that Labour would be supporting some of the worst parts of this Tory budget. In short, it’s been pretty crap.

But this morning the Tories got a seriously bloody nose thanks to the SNP announcing they’ll side with Labour to vote against the Tories proposed abolition of the foxhunting ban in England and Wales. Yes, it’s the SNP seriously pushing their luck but at some point they were going to say ‘fuck it’ and take on the Tories in this way in their backyard, plus it showed to David Cameron that he’s not going to get it all his way. So all day today Tories have been trying their best to try to paint a defeat as something else, but the talk of the day is the SNP MP Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the Commons as part of the continuing debate about the Tory budget.

Black’s not just one of the last of the new SNP MP’s, but of the new MP’s in this parliament to give their maiden speech and it’s perfectly timed. For someone who’s last job was working in a chippy and seeing first hand the effects of Tory policy upon people in her volunteer work she’s not you normal MP coming from a nice middle class background. She uses her experiences to devastating effect in this speech that is if there’s any justice going to go down as one of the finest speeches of this century in the Commons. She nails the Tories completely, while offering a hand to Labour.

Enough of me talking about it, just watch and most importantly listen to it. It’s inspiring, important and proof that 20 is no barrier to speaking the truth as it needs to be told.

End Austerity Now

Today is the largest mass demonstration against austerity in the UK as a march takes place in London against government austerity, and there’s also demonstrations across the UK, including another huge demo in George Square in Glasgow.

Austerity isn’t as the Tories tell you it is. It isn’t about ‘tightening our belts’ and ‘living within our means’. It’s about scrapping the welfare state and privatising everything so the rich benefit from the debt and suffering of the poor, unemployed and disabled. It’s about turning neighbour against neighbour as they fight over crumbs while the Tories wreck the country and destroy people’s lives, and make no mistake, lives are not just being wrecked but lost to the ideological policy of austerity.It is effectively an attack upon people”s rights to live.

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is going at the end of the month.and in removing it, the lives of thousands of disabled people are going to be destroyed very, very quickly. Some might say this is hyperbole but it isn’t. In my work there are people who can no longer as of next month get to and from work, so have a choice of going on benefits or trying to make by without something that’s enabled them to live the same lives as people like myself. Of course benefits themselves are being cuts as George Osborne plans his £12 billion worth of cuts that will once and for all wreck the welfare state.

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So right now in London and Glasgow people from all walks of life are joined by unions, politicians from the SNP, Greens, Plaid Cymru, and the few decent and moral Labour MP’s that stand against their own party’s support of austerity and are showing that there’s an opposition to the entire idea of austerity. They’re showing the Tories we’re not going down without a fight not just for ourselves, but for all of us together.

Follow the London even with the Livestream here, and the George Square event can be seen here.

George Osborne on drugs

This video needs to be played over and over and over all through the General Election campaign, especially when David Cameron and the Tories bleat on about ‘feckless’ people and threaten to penalise them.

I don’t know about you, but I object to my taxes going to pay for George Osborne’s massive drugs habit.

How many Labour MP’s voted against austerity cuts?

A couple of days ago the SNP detailed the 28 Labour MP’s in Scotland that voted for George Osborne’s budget and the billions of pounds in cuts he intends to unleash across the UK. There’s some predictable names in there such as Douglas Alexander, Margaret Curran and Anas Sawar, but one would be right in querying why on earth these people that represent some of the poorest, most deprived parts of not just Scotland, but the UK, can justify voting for cuts that will directly affect their constituents?

This has brought condemnation not only from parties on the left (sorry Labour, you’re no longer a party of the left) such as the SNP, Green’s and Plaid Cymru but it’s also stirred some voices within the Labour Party itself. Only five Labour MP’s had the courage to vote against the Labour whip and they were Diane Abbott, Katy Clark, Dennis Skinner, Austin Mitchell and Roger Godsiff. The rest of Labour either voted for it, or as Labour have done far, far too often against Coalition policy, they’ve chickened out and abstained so often in the past as this Wings Over Scotland article details.

So there you go. Only five Labour MP’s stood alongside the MP’s of 13 different parties in opposing austerity, so when Labour say they oppose coalition/Tory policy, they really don’t. The argument between Osborne and Balls in regards austerity isn’t whether we need it at all, but the pace parties will cut. It’s like saying to a person with an illness that that they have a choice of dying in a year of in four years instead of trying to work out if there’s a cure, or their illness can be helped in another way apart from the treatment that doesn’t work, which is exactly what austerity is.

As this election campaign builds up speed there’s going to be a lot of lies and spin flying around but never forget every single Labour MP bar five either voted for, or abstained in regards to Tory and Lib Dem austerity plans. For that, they can never be forgiven.