The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill is designed to stop Peaceful Protest.

Attending a protest, can result in 51 weeks imprisonment.

The UK government is giving itself Dictator’s Powers and the Mainstream Media is silent.

 

DAY OF ACTION:

12 Noon, Saturday 15 January
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
WC2A 3TL

Other locations:

Bath
Bristol
Cambridge
Cardiff
Cornwall
Coventry
Exeter
Huddersfield
Inverness
Leeds
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Newtown
Nottingham
Oxford
Plymouth
Sheffield
Shrewsbury
Stoke-on-trent
Swansea

Details: #KillTheBill Official

Fascism: I sometimes fear…

I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.

Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
protect your house,
give you a job,
clean up the neighbourhood,
remind you of how great you once were,
clear out the venal and the corrupt,
remove anything you feel is unlike you…

It doesn’t walk in saying,
“Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.”

By Michael Rosen.

 

From the moment that I wake up
To the very last the look in my eye
Feels like Rush Hour

All I need is some peace of mind
And I’ll be satisfied
At least for a while

I can’t live with the pushing crowd
I wanna run but I can’t hide
In the rush hour

All I need is to free my mind
From all the warning lights
In the Rush hour

And I know, yes I know
You believe in me

Now comes crouching in
Wanna push it out
But in this world that I can’t breathe
In the Rush hour

Feels like drowning
but I can’t reach your hand to pull to safety
Feels like rush hour

And I know, yes I know
You believe in me

And I know you believe in me

Getting called in the rush hour
You gotta know what you’re living for
All alone in the dark you seek
You gotta know you will never be free

All this time trying to keep me blind
Keep me in a cage so I can’t see
Feels like rush hour

Reaching for the light
But I’m outta of time
And I can’t breathe
In the rush hour

And I know, yes I know
You believe in me

Come on, come on
You believe in me

Getting called in the rush hour
You gotta know what you’re living for
All alone in the dark you seek
You gotta know you will never be free

Getting called in the rush hour
You gotta know what you’re living for
All alone in the dark you seek
You gotta know you will never be free

Getting called in the rush hour
You gotta know what you’re living for
All alone in the dark you seek
You gotta know you will never be free

From the moment when I wake up
To the very last the look in my eye
Feels like Rush Hour

Bliadhna mhath ùr

Wishing you all good health and happiness for the new year.

As you navigate through life’s storms, may you be guided by the light of goodness and love, and have the strength to aid others who need a helping hand along the way.

Stay on this righteous path and you will be enlightened and rewarded, your good heart will shine for the less fortunate and light up your own soul.

 

Christmas can be stressful for a lot of people, especially for parents on a tight budget who want to make it a special time for their children. Some parents can easily get into debt because of it. For the growing homeless population, it is extremely difficult, because it is not just adults who are homeless and hungry, it is children too. No food, no toys and no joy.

There is a particular emphasis on considering it unacceptable to be hungry, lonely or homeless on Christmas Day. The social comparison that looks upon the rest of the year in a less important light than Christmas, must be quaintly strange for those who are suffering. Being hungry and homeless in January is the same as being hungry and homeless in December.

As the years travel on, there seems to be more and more people who have less and less, while the affluent have more than an abundance of wealth. A few years ago, I read an article which was written by a very rich man. He said he did not have to do anything to earn more money, because just by having a lot of money, he gained interest every day. He was questioning the morality of his own wealth while other people were going hungry. He said “They will be coming after us with the pitchforks soon, and quite rightly so.”

It is a metaphor that casts up an image of times gone by, yet we live in a time where the balance between those who have excess and those who struggle to survive becomes even greater. In the UK, the Conservative Party has always been about making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Their austerity programs are not a necessary or economic choice, they are purely political.

A lot of people whose affluent lives are maintained by the contributions of others, are Christians, but only in name, not by deed.

For a lot of people, Christianity is a persona, not a faith. They delude themselves that they are righteous and the unfortunate and those who have bad fortune thrust upon them, only have themselves to blame.

The people that always shine through at Christmas are the caregivers, healthcare workers, volunteers and charity workers. More so now than ever.


 
The commandments of I, Saffiyah Khan

Thou shall not listen to Prince Buster
Or any other man offering kindly advice
In matters of my own conduct
You may call me a feminazi or a femoid
And then see if I give a stinking shit

Pseudointellectuals on the internet
They tell me I’m unhappy because I’m not feminine
Failing to consider that I may be unhappy
Because it’s 3 AM and I’m in the depths of YouTube
Watching them… whining

Thou may catcall me on the street
But thou should take note that I’ll catcall you right back
To tell you that you look pretty sexy too in your joggers
Or your suit, or your new-found look of confusion

Girls should not turn on each other
Or use man-made ideals like pars
Don’t you realize that you’re only making a fool of yourself
When you ask… “Why don’t you wear makeup?”
Is that what it takes to impress a bloke
Whose brain is made up of promises of curvy size zeros
And anti-gravity tits?

Thou shall not tell a girl she deserved it
Because her skirt was too short
She walked home, streets lights illuminating her as a target
But she started it, because she looked at him
And he finished it ’cause he wanted to
And they’ll bring out her skirt as “exhibit A” before the judge

And she should have the right to say
“Thou shall not tell me what to wear
Nor how to wear it”

I shall not be the icing on your cake
And I shall not be the candy on your arm
But I shall be seen
And I will be heard
The commandments of I, Saffiyah Khan

Pseudointellectuals

 

 

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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