When I saw the picture of Patsy Stevenson being arrested, when she was attending a candlelit vigil for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common, it reminded me of the quotation from George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Although this situation is not on the same level, this is the direction it appears to be heading.

Priti Patel, Boris Johnson’s Home Secretary, recently added amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, as it was going through the final stages in the House of Lords. This was to add more punitive anti-protest powers to it. This has effectively criminalised being involved in any act of protest.

 

A democracy with the right to protest removed, is no longer a democracy.

 

Patsy was not protesting, she was taking part in the vigil for Sarah Everard who was kidnapped, raped and strangled by a police officer. The gathering in Clapham Common was considered illegal under lockdown restrictions. The decision to apply a heavy-handed approach did not come from local police, but higher up the command chain.

 

There is a growing amount of unrest in the UK, particularly regarding the destruction of the National Health Service (England), which has already had large chunks sold off to privatisation. The new Health and Care Bill can be more appropriately described as “We don’t care about your health”, because it is only beneficial to very rich people and detrimental to everyone else.

 

 

The government’s Prison Estates Transformation Programme is building mega-prisons, not just for the incarceration of another 18,000 people, but for profit. England and Wales already has highest imprisonment rates in Western Europe.

 

Corporate Watch reported in Prison Island about government plans to open a new ‘Secure School’ as part of a wave of children’s prisons. The contract to takeover Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Kent from G4S was put out to tender after abuse was exposed in the prison.

Love is but a song we sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Some may come and some may go
He will surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand, listen
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

I said come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
Right now
Right now

A lot of people do not know what propaganda is and a lot of people do not know just how much their lives are being affected by it, because propaganda works.

 

People not only don’t know what’s happening to them, they don’t even know that they don’t know.

– Noam Chomsky.

You don’t believe you
have been lied to and
brainwashed because…
you have been lied to
and brainwashed!

People struggling to survive are
met with ice cold hearts and racism
that has been stoked by fiery propaganda.

Leaving home because you have to, is bad enough, leaving your home because you have become a refugee is a lot worse. Risking your life and your children’s lives to reach a safe haven to start a new life is a gamble with very unfavourable odds.

It doesn’t matter how much I try to imagine what being a refugee is like, because without experiencing it, I know it can only be a lot worse than whatever I imagine.

I have no tolerance for the “but we already have enough, they were safe in another country, or why should we take them?” people. Their views are based on ignorance, selfishness and blind racism.

There is room at the inn.

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