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Staire: What is it like to be a Conservative


Here is that we all should be reminded by this about this establishment why we should vote them out:

 

The arrogance of this establishment grows by the day. Welcome to the capitalist party of Tories they would rather trade damn right insults towards refugees and immigrants which plays into the hands of the Far-right elements of EDL, BritainFirst, LionheartGB, Pegida and UKIP oh what hypocrites David Cameron has become since being leader of the nasty party. Well done.

Cameron speaks his entourage pushes further; the media responds; and on the streets, the abuse and attacks kick off. Sadly, Cameron and the Tories seem to believe that the answer to a broken nation is to break it some more. During the last election David Cameron made great headway with his slogan about Labour and the SNP wanting to “break up Britain”. It’s been a theme with him. As leader of the opposition, David Cameron declared Britain is broken under Labour and claims that he will fix it.

It’s ironic, then, that few people in the past decade have done more to break apart the bonds that hold Britain together than the Tory party leader.  Responding at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions on 27 Jan 2016 to Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to the refugee camp at Calais last weekend, Cameron joked: they met with a bunch of migrants in Calais. They say that they all can come to Britain.

Fancy this a Conservative Peer says that he could not live a £300:00 day for attending the House of the Lords. A millionaire peer appointed by David Cameron is describing the £300 daily allowance as “inadequate”.

Lord Farmer, a hedge-fund boss and Conservative donor said people would consider the current payment to be “modest and even inadequate” if they knew how hard peers worked.

And he argued that peers deserved higher pay because attending the House of Lords “restricts their earning opportunities elsewhere”.

Lord Farmer – who is also a senior treasurer of the Conservative Party with a reported personal fortune of £150 million – said he, personally, did not claim the £300 allowance when he attends debates, “because I do not need to”.

But he added: “Some depend on the daily allowance to make ends meet because they give so much of their time.

“If this were made clear to the public, who, of course, pay garage and plumbers’ bills per hour, or per day, they might think the daily fee is in fact rather modest, and even inadequate, particularly if they understood there are many peers whose work here restricts their earning opportunities elsewhere.”

The 71-year-old peer, who is reported to have donated £6.5 million to the Conservatives, also backed calls for a beefed-up Lords press office, to trumpet the chamber’s successes.

He said: “Crucially, however, if their [peers] contribution is to be considered worthy of public funding, the public need to value and understand the work we do.

“There is so much to shout about every day that would actually encourage all who pay taxes, whether individuals, or businesses, that they are in fact getting great value for money.

“We might even see public support for higher daily allowances, which I would endorse wholeheartedly.”

In another development the establishment lost their defence on two cases of bedroom tax the Government loses Court of Appeal cases followed legal challenges by a woman who has a panic room in her home, and the grandparents of a 15-year-old who requires overnight care.

The removal in 2013 of what the government calls the spare room subsidy cuts benefits for social housing tenants with a “spare” room.

Ministers have said they will appeal.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) argued that it had given councils money to make discretionary payments to people facing hardship because of the policy change.

The case is now due to be decided in the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would “look very carefully” at the judgement. “But our fundamental position is, it is unfair to subsidise spare rooms in the social sector if we don’t subsidise them in the private sector.”

One of the cases – brought by a woman identified as “A” – concerned the effect of the policy on women living in properties adapted because of risks to their lives. Her home was equipped with a panic room.

The second case – brought by Pembrokeshire couple Paul and Susan Rutherford and their 15-year-old grandson Warren – focused on the impact of the policy on disabled children needing overnight care.

There are believed to be about 300 such victims of domestic violence and thousands of severely disabled children in this situation.

The Court of Appeal ruling comes after a judicial review brought by the Rutherfords was dismissed in the High Court in 2014.

Housing benefit changes – dubbed the “bedroom tax” by Labour – were introduced in April 2013. Since then families claiming housing benefits have been assessed for the number of bedrooms they actually need.

Families deemed by their local authorities to have too much living space have received reduced benefits, with payments being cut by 14% if they have one spare bedroom.

Both “A” and the Rutherfords claimed that the policy change discriminated against them unlawfully.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lord Justice Vos ruled in their favour, saying the “admitted discrimination” in each case “has not been justified by the Secretary of State”.

Mr Rutherford said he was “absolutely delighted” with the ruling, adding: “I couldn’t have had a better start to the day.”

“It was so unfair that somebody had to do something to get the law changed.”

As if this is not bad enough David Cameron dear Buddy Rupert Murdoch has publicly attacked the conservative leader over Google. Remember he was the same person who spat out Tony Blair to the pack of wolves when he no longer wanted Labour in power now he is doing the same to David Cameron as a warning shot Rupert Murdoch is having a laugh at David Cameron expense by accusing the “posh boys in Downing Street” of being too easily awed by Google as the government came under fire over its £130m tax deal with the technology giant.

Murdoch, the multibillionaire executive chairman of News Corp who ultimately controls the Times and the Sun newspapers, sent a series of tweets on Wednesday suggesting Downing Street was too close to Google and accusing the company of “paying token amounts for PR purposes”.

He made the pronouncements after facing accusations over phone hacking scandal that he and his executives were too close to senior politicians in the UK and had too much lobbying power. Murdoch’s company tax affairs have also come under scrutiny in Austria.

How many of us remember Student Grants or student maintains grants defeat and conservatives jumps up and down for joy. Grants designed to support students from the poorest backgrounds through university will be abolished today, but if you plan to tune in to BBC Parliament to watch a fiery political exchange you’ll be sorely disappointed. There will be no Commons debate, no Commons vote and no sign of the mass demonstrations that shook the government that chose to treble university tuition fees five years ago.

Down the corridor and up the stairs, the Third Delegated Legislation Committee will meet in committee room nine. A small group of MPs will gather to consider the innocently titled ‘Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1951)’. The numbers will be stacked in the Tories’ favour and even if the committee did want to quash the proposals, they will have no power to do so.

No doubt clever government whips hoped that using an obscure parliamentary process would minimise the political damage to the Tories’ reputation, but it is scandalous that such a major decision is being taken in this way.

The poorest students will be hit hardest. Currently, eligible students can receive a non-repayable grant of up to £3,387. This money helps with essential costs like rent, foods, bills and study materials. These grants were won as part of a hard-fought deal by previous generations of student leaders and parliamentarians who convinced successive governments that, if they were going to ask graduates to pay more for their university degree, it was only fair to help those from the poorest backgrounds to meet the costs of studying with a grant. When the Coalition government trebled university tuition fees to £9,000, students were told that the increase in maintenance grants for students ‘should ensure that the reforms do not affect individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds disproportionately’. Thanks to David Cameron, George Osborne and Tory MPs meeting in the Third Delegated Legislation Committee today, the poorest students will now be saddled with the highest debts. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that the poorest 40% of students in England will now graduate with debts of up to £53,000 for a three year course, rather than £40,500 at present. Worryingly, another study from the IFS found that a £1,000 increase in grants created a 3.95% increase in university participation, so there are serious questions for the government to answer about the impact that abolishing grants could have on fair access to higher education.

Because the government is ducking the usual parliamentary scrutiny, MPs from all parties will not have the chance to ask ministers difficult and important questions. There has been no proper consultation with those affected and there was no mention of this major policy change in the Conservative Party manifesto.

The government’s behaviour is underhand and undemocratic. The poorest students will lose out as a result, making the policy unfair. Students, and the general public, should not stand for it.

Don’t be hoodwinked by Jeremy hunt and company he is not telling us the full story about our NHS. The Conservatives have allegedly blocked legal documents that may show the impact of a controversial ‘free trade’ agreement on the NHS.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, known as TTIP, is a US-EU trade deal currently under negotiation, and are avidly supported by the likes of the establishment and Obama. The blocked legal documents, campaigners have cautioned, may contain the extent to which, under TTIP, private NHS contractors could sue the government for introducing policies that negatively impact their profits.

The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is the most controversial element of TTIP. It allows corporations to sue governments or public bodies before an arbitral tribunal, for policies that are perceived as harmful to their profits. An ‘arbitral tribunal’ is an international hearing, out of the courts and behind closed doors, which decides how much money these companies should get.

The supposed motive is to encourage foreign investment, despite there being no empirical evidence for this (There is no ISDS in any trade agreements Brazil has, or between the US and China). ISDS is exclusively to foreign investment; US companies gain the right to these international arbitration tribunals, but EU companies must stick to national courts. Thus, ISDS can discriminate in favour of US companies.

Cameron has been in charge of the country for six years. If he hasn’t got it sorted by now, he never will!! It’s not rocket science, The clown is a waste of space and one of the big question is will we all see the return of legal aid which is a hot potato as it is alleged that conservatives about to do a uturn. Justices secretary Michael Gove is to ditch plans to completely overhaul legal aid, reversing yet another policy by his controversial predecessor Chris Grayling.

The minister repealed pledges to create a ‘two-tier’ contract system for cases affecting criminal legal aid in a move described by one journalist as “another humiliation” for Grayling. Legal aid is government money that helps pay for legal advice or representation for those accused of crime.

The coalition government approved plans for a drastic reduction – from 1,600 to 527 – in the number of legal aid contracts for duty solicitors attending magistrates’ courts and providing round-the-clock cover at police stations. Solicitor firms wiped from the duty-cover phonebooks would have been forced to rely only on clients who referred themselves to their practices.

Changes to legal aid under Grayling enraged lawyers, who argued the cuts would limit poorer peoples’ access to justice.

But in a written statement published on Thursday afternoon, Gove said he was scrapping the planned contracts cull.

“I have decided not to go ahead with the introduction of the dual contracting system,” he said.

Gove, who took over the justice brief from Grayling after the election in May last year, also declared he would suspend the second-half of a 17.5% fee cut for those providing legal aid at state expense.

“I have also decided to suspend, for a period of 12 months from 1 April 2016, the second fee cut which was introduced in July last year,” he added.

Explaining the move, Gove wrote: “By not pressing ahead with dual contracting, and suspending the fee cut, at this stage we will, I hope, make it easier in all circumstances for litigators to instruct the best advocates, enhancing the quality of representation in our courts…

“Thanks to economies I have made elsewhere in my department, HM Treasury have given me a settlement which allows me greater flexibility in the allocation of funds for legal aid.”

It signals the fifth serious reversal of Grayling policies by Gove, following the lift of a ban on friends and family sending books to prisoners, dplans for a £100 million youth ‘mega prison being axed, a U-turn on Saudi prison contracts and criminal court charges being scrapped.

This is what happens when ‘cost-saving’ measures are taken – the impacts of ‘efficiency’ in one area often results in another area picking up those costs. So while the police budget may be more protected, it doesn’t mean that austerity for the rest of services doesn’t result in more stress for the police. UK police are spending as much as 40% of their time dealing with incidents triggered by some kind of mental health issue, against a backdrop of severe cuts in social and health services, the Guardian has learned. Research by the Guardian shows that the overall number of incidents recorded in police logs as being related to mental health rose by a third between 2011 and 2014, a trend that looks set to continue.

It comes after warnings that a perfect storm is gathering over already overstretched police forces as they try to cope with the knock-on effects of cuts to mental health services.

Figures for mental health “qualifiers” – identifiers used by the police to mark incidents in which mental health has been a factor – were obtained for the period from 2011 onwards under the Freedom of Information Act. A total of 35 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland provided complete and consistent data.

The research found that the overall number of incidents with a mental health aspect rose by 33% between 2011 and 2014, the last full year for which data is available. This was despite the overall number of incidents recorded by the police forces falling by 10% in the same period.

The College of Policing estimates 20-40% of police time and vast amounts of money are taken up dealing with incidents involving people with mental health problems. Metropolitan police officers have estimated in the past that mental health issues account for at least 20% of police time.

Joanne McCartney, chair of the London assembly’s police and crime committee, said local authorities and health services had less capacity and staff to deal with mental health issues as they came under pressure from cuts.

“As a measure of last resort the police are going to have to be the ones to respond to incidents,” said McCartney. “They will do their best and do now have training in how to deal with vulnerable people, but they are not best placed to do that. They are not mental health professionals.

Compared with other forces, South Wales and North Wales police recorded particularly large jumps between 2011 and 2014 in the proportion of incidents related to mental health.

Pressures are also particularly high in Suffolk, where police spent a month last year analysing how much police time was spent on responding to mental health incidents. The results were stark: in one month 37% of officers’ time was devoted to dealing with incidents involving some mental health aspect.

“I wasn’t surprised when we saw how high that figure was,” said Ch Supt David Skevington of Suffolk police. “We knew the profile of mental health was being raised significantly through the number of operational incidents we were dealing with where people were suffering from mental health issues, whether it is people suffering from alcohol or substance abuse, or people just struggling in life.

“It could be an angry man who is smashing a place up; it could be concerns for someone wandering around the streets or someone at the top of a multi-storey car park. Mental Health is a key part of policing and we needed to do more to better equip our police officers. We have to look at these people being at a point of crisis in their lives, not being criminals.”

It now transpired that fifty Tory Member of Parliament lining up to defying Scameron over town hall budgets Tory cuts mean that the poorest local councils face cuts 18 times higher than the country’s richest, new analysis.

In an analysis undertaken by the Labour party and seen by the Independent, figures show that between the years 2010 and 2015, when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government were in power, funding for the 10 most deprived local councils have fallen on average by £681.04 per household.

Of the 10 wealthiest councils in the UK, four saw an increase in their funding, while nine of the most deprived saw cuts of more than £520 per household.

The government looks at several factors such as crime, health, education, living conditions and unemployment, when monitoring whether an area or council is deprived.

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Manchester

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Birmingham

Nottingham 

On the 5 May 2016 well be various elections for Local Government, Police Crime Commissioner, and London Mayoral Elections I would urge all to use all your votes for Labour party Candidates.

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No speaky English then the establishment will take action


I decided to include this on my blog as it has a serious message on it and I would all to watch the youtube:

 

 

If people thought that a Labour Government was bad then obviously the lessons have not been learned anything as the likes of Thatcher, Major, Conservatives and Libdem, and Cameron Government has been far worse than a Labour Government both in the past and present time.

History can be both kind and crude towards government(s) yet I like many will recall when Labour Government implemented the National Wage the argument from the Conservatives, Libdems, SNP and others were it will drive business down and their will take their businesses elsewhere to places like India, and China where there are cheap labor although some big multinational companies did leave UK only for them to return to UK still under a Labour Government.

No we all have learn to our surprise that David Scameron wants Muslim Women to learn to speak English and to top it off the likes of Theresa May trying to outdo her commandeering chief by claiming the upper hand by putting him in his place. Could it be that Hameron days are coming to an end and all his successors are doing their best to impress their leader to seek his nomination to be the next leader of the nasty party.

As a former corporate PR man, Cameron understands how to create a public image while pretending to take a different stance and his Leeds speech was a prime example.

The PM insists that his intention is to unify society by integrating Muslims into it, but his highlighting of radicalisation and extremism in the context of some Muslim women’s inability to speak English well serves only to divide communities.

The tendency for some women to concentrate on home life and to socialise only with family or people from the same geographical and linguistic background was not invented by Muslim communities.

It has existed within, for example, some Indian or Greek Cypriot families, but that did not prevent these families’ children from being educated and fully integrated into social lives with their school friends and workmates.

The same applies to the children of Muslim families, as is self-evident wherever they have settled and grown up across Britain.

Where there have been difficulties the least credible explanation for it is that some Muslim women’s English is not up to scratch.

Assisting new citizens to improve their English and thereby help their education and employment prospects ought to be uncontroversial, yet Cameron’s government slashed spending on this essential area of public provision.

Apparently saving a paltry sum was more important to the Tories than risking what he now affects to see as a consequent risk of rampant extremism.

Better communication in English is in the interests of us all and free lessons should be universally available to achieve this.

Cameron’s thirst for pretexts to blame Muslim communities and families for the disturbing but marginal problem of hundreds of young people leaving Britain to join Islamic State (Isis) in Syria or Iraq is also whetted by his obsession with excusing Western imperialist wars for any role in increasing alienation. While individuals bear full responsibility for their own actions, especially criminal deeds, politicians’ efforts to deny that murderous invasions of several Muslim states and support for Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinian people have been contributory factors cannot go unchallenged.

That belief is not confined to Muslims but to large sections of society as a whole and even arch-war criminal Tony Blair has accepted that a link exists.

Cameron’s readiness to visit mosques and discuss matters there is positive, but it will be viewed as another hollow PR gesture if he persists with his carrot-and-stick approach designed to placate his back-bench backwoodsmen.

What world is he living in if he believes that a veiled threat to deport people because of inadequate linguistic skills is a reasonable position?

Does he really imagine that breaking up a family on this flimsy pretext — a penalty imposed exclusively on Muslims is the way to encourage national unity and cohesion?

It’s a nonsense and he knows it, but he feels the need to portray himself as tough to appeal to Islamophobic elements in the media and in his own party.

Until he accepts that this approach contradicts his proclaimed goal of a society at ease with itself, he and his party will be part of the problem not the solution.

As if this was not bad enough now we have seen what Nicky Morgan Education Minister has given Sir Michael Wilshaw the support to say that  Schools should be able to decide whether or not to ban Muslim girls from wearing veils, as they cause communication problems in the classroom, the education secretary and the head of Ofsted have said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief of the education watchdog, said he wanted to see women treated fairly, and society “mustn’t go backwards”.

During an appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight, Wilshaw was asked if he would back the banning of veils in school.

“Yes I would,” he answered. “The Prime Minister’s view that we have got to make sure that our liberal values, our liberal West values are protected, people need to listen to that.

“The Muslim community needs to listen to it as well. We have come a long way in our society to ensure that we have equality for women and that they are treated fairly. We mustn’t go backwards.”

He added the veil also posed communication problems between teachers and students.

“My inspectors say on occasions they go into classrooms where they see there are problems about communications.”

Education secretary Nicky Morgan backed Wilshaw’s view, saying individual schools should have the freedom to decide they don’t want people to wear the “full-face veil”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Morgan commented on David Cameron backing institutions that “needed to see someone’s face”.

“The Prime Minister was absolutely right to say, and we have a very clear view in this country, we are not going to tell people what they can and they can’t wear, that would cut across the values we are talking about that we want everybody to follow.

“But there are times, there are institutions and organisations where it is right – schools will be one of them – where the school leaders want to have a clear uniform policy they want everybody to observe and they may decide that point, that they don’t want people to wear the full-face veil.

“It very much is up to the schools, schools will have a uniform policy.”

Speaking on the same radio station on Monday, Cameron said: “I think in our country people should be free to wear what they like and, within limits, live how they like and all the rest of it.

“What does matter, if for instance a school has a particular uniform policy, sensitively put in place and all the rest of it, and people want to flout that uniform policy, often for reasons that aren’t really connected with religion, I think you should always come down on the side of the school.”

He added: “Going for the French approach of banning an item of clothing, I do not think that’s the way we do things in this country and I do not think that would help.”

Then there is the rumour that is going around that the rules obliging refugees to register in the first European country they enter look set to be abolished under a radical revision of the European Union’s asylum system. The move could be problematic for David Cameron ahead of Britain’s EU referendum.

The EU’s system, part of the so-called Dublin regulation, has been widely ignored during the migrant crisis in which more than a million refugees have streamed into Europe.

However officials say the rules were never properly applied anyway, as most refugees landed on deserted beaches in Greece and Italy, and made their way over land to other countries such as Germany and Sweden.

The move for reform, reported in today’s Financial Times, comes after Greece, in particular, came under criticism for failing to set up basic facilities for refugees.

However, it will mean that the richer countries of final destination, like Germany, will have to establish major registration and fingerprinting infrastructure to cope with the hundreds of thousands of expected refugees.

It could also mean that Britain may find it more difficult to send refugees back to neighbouring EU states. One of the main arguments of the British campaign to remain in the EU is that the Dublin regulations allow the UK to deport asylum-seekers if Britain is not the first European country that they arrived in.

If those regulations were to be changed the UK might be forced to accept refugees who have managed to enter the country from across the Channel, regardless of where they first arrived in Europe. This could further encourage migrants to head for Britain.

The Out campaign was quick to make capital over the planned change.

“This change would appear to provide an incentive for asylum-seekers to get across the Channel,” said a spokesman for Vote Leave.

“This is further evidence that as part of the EU the UK does not have control over migration or asylum policy.”

Much will depend on the detail about how the new rules will work. With no land border with any other country in the passport-free Schengen zone, Britain is not expected to see a strong surge in migration.

The Dublin system was already undermined last September when German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, lifted her country’s right to return Syrian refugees to the first country of entry. Ms Merkel has already called for the EU to revise the Dublin rules to cope with the refugee challenges.

The Dublin rules date back to a 1990 convention in the Irish capital, and came into force for the first 12 signatories in 1997. However, officials have long criticised them, suggesting they could not be applied in countries like Greece and Italy with long, unprotected coastlines. “It looks like Dublin will have to be sacrificed if we want to save the Schengen system,” an EU official said.

The EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told MEPs last week that a revision of the Dublin system would be unveiled in March. “Dublin should not just be a mechanism to allocate responsibility, but also a solidarity instrument among member states. It must be revised deeply; it was adopted in a totally different landscape,” he said.

Six Europeans countries have already reimposed border controls and suspended their Schengen membership in an effort to contain the large influx of refugees.

In his state of the union address to the European Parliament last September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker promised a reform of the Dublin system. “It is time we prepare a more fundamental change in the way we deal with asylum applications – and notably the Dublin system that requires that asylum applications be dealt with by the first country of entry,” he said.

The European Council President Donald Tusk said that the EU had “no more than two months to get things under control” or face “grave consequences”.

For this reason this is why David Cameron is not a very happy bunny and he is taking a hard-line on Muslim Women who can’t speak English.

well folks it’s like myself going to a Shoaling temple seeking some lessons from a monk to show me how to do shoaling Kung Fu without thinking through the process just to get one over my enemies. It’s no wonder why the shoaling grand master will laugh out a loud and the monk says “No Speaky English, speak Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and the list goes on.

The point I’m making is which generation of Muslim women his David Cameron is addressing secondly Muslim women comes in all races and creed. This why many Bame, and Chinese communities will take issue with the establishment as most of them are happy to eat our native food, marry our women, and men as a form of tokenism.

 

Save our Public services


“While the rest of Europe is marching to confront the new challenges, the prime minister [Margaret Thatcher] is shuffling along in the gutter in the opposite direction, like an old bag lady, muttering imprecations at anyone who catches her eye.”

“While the rest of Europe is marching to confront the new challenges, the prime minister [Margaret Thatcher] is shuffling along in the gutter in the opposite direction, like an old bag lady, muttering imprecations at anyone who catches her eye.”

Firstly, I would like to say that the four arrest on Sunday 4 October does not represent the majority of the Marchers who went on the Anti-Austerity March. It was not done in my name.

What is David Cameron playing at by ensuring that Jamaica receiving 25 million pounds to building a prison for convicts that are found guilty for alleged drug mule to the UK. Surely this money could be well spent on investing on our public services and building council housing.

By doing this #piggate (David Cameron) has opened the floodgates for far right groups to say this money could be better spent on us the English people whom they will use as a recruiting ground to attack more black and minority ethnic groups which include Muslims and Jews.
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I would like to make it very clear that I have visited the island on many occasions and it’s a lovely place which most Jamaicans all over the world will call it the land and water which is true. Let’s not forget that it was a European person called Christopher Columbus that discovered the island and he claimed that island in the name of Queen Isabella. In actual fact it was the Arawak who were the first settlers on the island.

It was Spain who brought the slaves to the island and some of them escaped their masters then called themselves maroons. The British came they ruled the island until the independence was granted in 1962. There is a can of worms coming to the forefront by allowing the family of slaves all over the Caribbean and African nations wanting to claim compensation from all the European Nations.

However I recognize that this will not happen as it’s a form of nationalism that will not be acceptable which are what African nations has been pushing for centuries. This is something which the European Nations will have to address very soon. The African nations is just as bad as the European nations for helping them to ensuring that there were a supply of slaves available from different tribes.Slave_trade

Instead all the European nations would rather highlight modern day slavery as it is more acceptable to address rather than they come clear to say that their fore parents were previously slave and plantain owners to boost their social status to become Members of Parliament (MPs) and Governors.

For the moment David Cameron can gloat all he wants as he and his cabinet ministers will use every opportunity to attack Jeremy Corbyn by indicating that he is not fit to be Prime Minister at the Conservative Conference this week in Manchester. They will claim that Labour is weak and they have a weak leader coupled by the so called uprising of his shadow cabinet ministers

David Cameron seems to forget he got a rough ride from the media and press when he stood for the Conservative Leadership but he pulled through to win a election with a majority of 12. A week in politics is a long time and the tide can turn on the conservatives. No doubt after all the conferences are over Conservatives will be on the attack with a vengeance to attack our pension and procurement policies which were introduced by a Labour Government from 1997/10 as they pay masters(hedge funders) demand they get a payback for donating to the Tories coffers. What a cheek of them to say the trade union are the pay master of Labour Party will both Thatcher and Major used those very words to attack our party.5-DavidCameron

So much for the political establishment (Conservatives) wanting to save British steel which they did squat dilly instead they chose to visit China to invest into HS2 and purchase cheap steel. No doubt that they will argue that the steel down turn is part as global issue. In the meantime the NHS is in turmoil with the possibility of family doctors alleging mass resignations in protest at increasing workloads leaving the government three months to prevent closures of surgeries. This comes no surprise that this establishment wants to bury bad news showing the health service to be hurting towards an unprecedented £20 billion deficit in a publication of a watchdog report containing the figures as not to hurt the Conservative party conference. It’s purported that half of teachers in England are thinking of quitting in the next two years suggested by a survey which found 61% of those wanting to leave blame workload. Conservatives smell the coffee now not tomorrow.

I love to have a vote in our future of UK to either remain in or out of Europe. Somehow I don’t have any confidence of a conservative establishment to deliver on its promise in EU. If anything I think that workers’ rights will not make one jock of a difference to the Conservatives they would rather stick two fingers at the social chapter.

It’s been purported that some backbenchers of the Conservatives worried about tax credit. What hug wash they are more worried of losing their seats leading up to general elections in 2020. They fail to recognize that there are people who have no choice but to queue up at the food banks to make ends meet. Whilst some people who are on benefits are struggling to find out how do they go about to receive a food-bank voucher which you are entitled to get three a year. So in between this time they lose out on their housing, council tax and to top it off they are unable to top up their electricity, gas meters and bedroom tax. All of this reminds of me of the dreaded poll tax which thatcher government introduced but only to scrap it later on during her premiership.foodbank

Conservatives says they are the party of working people. Yeah right. They rather hit people who are on benefits who suffer a disability which are visible and non-visible. They key message at their conference to people who are benefits get on your bike and find a job. I find it rich from the Tories saying they have a number of people are back at work. In truth there are people who are on zero hour contracts and some of course have gone self-employed with very little help from this establishment. Instead we have some of the policies that a Labour Government introduced has been scrapped by this government like SureStart, family friendly policies, incentives for unemployment for taking on unemployed, welfare reform like introducing the American system, national min wage, and living wage, to name a few. So it’s little wonder that David Cameron wants his successor to be George Osborne to be leader. The dark horse in the race will be Boris Johnson to take the crown away from the rest of the contenders.

I welcome the idea of a seven days of doctor surgery opening with some caution this grand idea of the establishment comes at a time when junior doctors, and general practitioners (GP) are under paid and over worked in UK and the fully qualified doctors are leaving UK to work in other countries or they are setting up their own consultancy which this Tory government continues to encourage them to do. I would like to see the loopholes closed to ensure that both doctors and nurses get their fair share of the deal instead of the government coming out with their usual anti NHS statements.

When the establishment gets their policies correct I will praise them, when they get it wrong I will criticize them over our public services. I have to say I disagree with this establishment over their policies on our public services. They need to go back to basics and listen to the professionals. So it’s little wonder voters and potential voters came out to vote.

The public does sense that if the party has no discipline from the shadow cabinet down to the membership they will not gain the supporters to put us back into power for the general elections in 2020.

In 2016 there will be local government, police crime commissioner, and London mayor elections all on the same day. Although it will be a testing time for Labour they will need to have policies in place. I say this to be cruel to be kind when I call on all sections of Labour members to unite and fight against the Tories before the elections. If we don’t do this then we as a party deserve to lose.
Remember to lobby all your prospective candidates and Member of Parliament on where they stand on our public services, and welfare.    

 

 

Satire Immigration and refugees


hhhahaHow many of you like myself are fed up with the constant headlines of illegal immigrants and refugees are rushing to enter our boarders in the hope of a better life and our the pavements are pave with gold which is being reported in the newspapers and television coupled by social media from far-right and right-wing press and organisations.

Somehow those groups and organisations thrive in spreading fear with their twisted views by claiming those illegals are here to take our jobs, housing, driving fancy cars, having plenty of children, getting our daughters pregnant, a Black life does not matter, and claiming benefits as they are just plebes. You know what it’s so easy to say all those things in any statements to our neighbours in the hope that they will be so gullible and they too will jump on the bandwagon to join their cause to get rid of us immigrants and refugees.

This is becoming very scary now and hitting a raw nerve now that a son of a immigrant who is only repeating what the views of the press and the far-right groups would like in the hope that we will all believe their rubbish and brainwashing tactics to further their recruitment into their organisations. (Doh)

hhhaha3Let’s now face some home truths now. The establishment all over Europe cannot address the immigration and refugee crisis as they are guilty as hell by invading third world countries during fourteen century to the present time to plundering their precious metals, sowing their oaks, and replacing dictatorship in the Middle East, West Indies, African continent, South East Asia and Asia. Oh I get it let the all the world leaders take the lead by introducing the Aussie solution or let them drown at sea do hear and read some people will say. There is no proper a solution to address this problem as one size does not fit all comes to mind.

Does this now sounds familiar like racism and fascism to you. No I’ve got a girlfriend and boyfriend, wife, or husband who is Black, Thai, Chinese, Asian, White and Polish will be instant reply from the bigots. The funny side to justify all of this they are very quick to point out they enjoy a curry, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Caribbean meal with a pint or a glass of wine so therefore we are not being bigotry towards us foreigners. The fact remains there is racism and fascism in all race.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of things now which some people will never accept about immigration and refugees. The reality is there are people who genuinely are fleeing from percussion on the grounds of being gay, political activities, torture, child soldiers, and some just want a better life. Put yourself in their shoes and I can be certain that all will concur we would do the same. Oh before I forget immigrants has and continues to make a big contribution to the UK economy. So take that and smoke it in your pipe.

It is purported that thousands of refugees will be plunged further into poverty today as the Tories impose a brutal cut to support for people seeking asylum in Britain.

Families will be left worse off with the introduction of a flat-rate payment which will bring the help for children under 16 from £52.96 to under £37 a week.

Three of Britain’s biggest charities the Red Cross, Refugee Action and the Refugee Council will publicly condemn the government for its approach to the on-going refugee crisis.

Their criticism less than a day after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned of migrants undermining the European “standard of living and social structure.”

The new asylum-seekers’ support will see a single parent and their child live off less than £74 a week in cash.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2013 an average British household spent almost seven times more a week. Refugee Action chief executive Stephen Hale has forewarned that “We are deeply concerned that the children of families seeking asylum are being targeted in this way.

“Coupled with recent government proposals to exclude some families from claiming support altogether, these cuts will increase poverty and suffering among some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

The cut was also condemned as “immoral and dangerous” by Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael MP.

He said: “Many of these people have fled war and suffering, but are doctors, professors and skilled professionals.

“These are people who want to contribute, but can’t because the law requires they rely on the state instead.”

According to the Refugee Council up to 74 per cent of all asylum-seekers are refused residency in Britain. While numbers have grown since 2008, applications for asylum in 2014 were below 25,000, with those fleeing from conflicts in Afghanistan, Syrian and Eritrea among the highest number of applicants.

But speaking during a state visit to Singapore, Mr Hammond claimed “millions” of people were heading for Britain.

He said: “We have got to be able to resolve this problem ultimately by being able to return those who are not entitled to claim asylum back to their countries of origin. That’s our number one priority.

“As long as the European Union’s laws are the way they are, many of them will only have to set foot in Europe to be pretty confident that they will never be returned to their country of origin.

He added that more than enhancing the “physical security” of the Channel tunnel was necessary to address the problem.

The government’s approach, however, seems to go against popular sentiment, as news of local communities and individuals organizing aid convoys mushroomed in the last few weeks.

London couple Mona Dohle and Syed Bokhari have so far raised over £5,000 for their trip to Calais this weekend, when they hope to deliver a generator to a school for refugee children as well as food, clothes and medicine.

Hey all this so-called Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says rogue bosses will face “the full force of government machinery” if they are caught out employing people not authorised to work in this country.

Let’s hope this signals a new willingness by the Tories to punish the exploiters rather than the exploited.

If so, this would mark a sea change in Conservative customs. After all, the party has form when it comes to hypocrisy on immigration.

Only last year, Brokenshire’s predecessor Mark Harper  the charmer behind those Go Home or Face Arrest vans, with their whiff of fascist thuggery was caught out illegally employing a woman called Isabella Acevedo.

Poor Harper had to resign and eke out a living on his meagre £67,000 MP’s salary for nearly six months before being made Minister for Disabled People and now Chief Whip.

Ms Acevedo was spared such indignity, merely being arrested at her daughter’s wedding and deported to Colombia.
So it’s good to hear Brokenshire commit to a “new approach” which will “take away the unfair advantage enjoyed by those who employ illegal migrants.”

The minister is absolutely right to point out that dodgy companies employ these people for a reason.

Unable to stand up for their rights, either because they are not aware of what those are or because they cannot afford to draw attention to their situation, they can be forced to work for lower wages, fired more easily and are far less likely to challenge dangerous working conditions.

The minister is deeply concerned that such employers are more likely to “breach health and safety rules.” A shame, then, that he is part of a government which slashed Health and Safety Executive funding by almost 40 per cent over the last parliament prompting a steep decline in unannounced inspections and serves a Prime Minister determined to “kill off health and safety culture for good.”

Brokenshire is also on the money when he says cheating firms are “denying work to UK citizens and helping drive down wages.”

Helping who drive down wages, though? The answer would seem to be his own government.

As construction industry union Ucatt points out, if the government were serious about tackling abusive employers it could extend the Gangmasters Act to cover more than its current remit of workers operating in agriculture, food processing and shellfish collection.

hhhaha1Construction is an industry crying out for better regulation. If the Act was extended to it as well as to domestic work, care work and hospitality, as the GMB union recommends companies operating in the sectors would need to be licensed to provide labour, enabling authorities to weed out bad employers before they even entered the field.
This sensible, preventative approach nowhere appears on Brokenshire’s list of priorities, however. Instead apparently immigration officers are going to mount a “wave of raids.”

Expect more luckless, trafficked and super exploited labourers to face arrest while the faceless agencies that hire them melt into the shadows.

Because the government is not serious. If it cared about wages, it would not be seeking to silence the voices of the only force in society proven to drive them up the trade unions.

It would not be taking the axe to collective bargaining rights across entire sectors through fragmentation and outsourcing. And it would not be trying to force through a Trade Union Bill which tramples on some of the most basic rights working people have, making it all but impossible to call a legal strike and perfectly OK for bosses to bus in agency labour even if you manage to do so.

We should not fall for the minister’s crocodile tears. Conservatives, not migrants, are the ones helping business drive down your pay.

 

 

my thoughts on David Cameron on extremism


Please listen to this youtube:

The full speech:

New Government legislation will include powers to put non-violent extremists who radicalise young people “out of action”, David Cameron has said.

may-cameronThe action against Islamist “influencers” forms part of a five-year plan to crush the home-grown extremism which the Prime Minister said had led to up to 700 young Britons travelling abroad to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terror group and left Muslim parents “living in fear” that their children may be radicalised.

In a high-profile speech at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green, Mr Cameron announced plans for a new scheme allowing parents to apply to have their own children’s passports removed if they suspect them of planning to travel abroad to join a radical group.

The PM said Britain must act to “de-glamourise” groups like IS by making young people aware of the brutal reality of life in the parts of Iraq and Syria which they control.

Mr Cameron announces that parents will have the power to cancel their children’s passports if they are worried about them travelling to Syria to join Isis.

He said: “I know how worried some people are that their children might turn to this ideology – and even seek to travel to Syria or Iraq.

“So I can announce today we are going to introduce a new scheme to enable parents to apply directly to get their child’s passport cancelled to prevent travel.”

And he said the UK should do more to promote its own creed of tolerance, democracy, the rule of law and freedom of speech and should make clear that the doctrine of respect for different faiths must be matched by those faiths supporting the British way of life.

Mr Cameron said it was not enough for extremists to say they opposed IS – also known as Isil, Isis or Daesh – for them to prove that they were not a threat. This would be setting the bar for acceptability “ludicrously low”, and groups should be expected also to condemn conspiracy theories, anti-semitism and sectarianism, he said.

“We need to put out of action the key extremist influencers who are careful to operate just inside the law but who clearly detest British society and everything we stand for,” said the Prime Minister.

“These people aren’t just extremists, they are also despicable far-right groups too, and what links them all is their aim to groom young people and brainwash their minds.

“Let’s be clear who benefits most from us being tough on these non-violent extremists – it’s Muslim families living in fear that their children could be radicalised and run off to Syria, and communities worried about some poisonous far-right extremists planning to attack your mosque.”

A new Extremism Bill will include “narrowly-targeted” powers to tackle thes e “facilitators and cult leaders” and stop them “peddling their hatred”, said Mr Cameron.

He also said the Government would take action to tackle sectarian and communal segregation in schools, and said the Government would give communications watchdog Ofcom stronger powers to take action on foreign TV channels broadcasting hate preachers and extremist messages.

Universities should be ready to challenge extremist speakers on campus and broadcasters should use a wider range of speakers from Muslim communities, rather than repeatedly putting extreme voices on screen, he said.

Mr Cameron said that too often the authorities had “turned a blind eye” to issues like forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) for fear of offending cultural sensitivities.

Announcing a consultation on introducing lifetime anonymity for the victims of forced marriages, he said he wanted to see more prosecutions in cases of this sort as part of a drive to “enforce” British values and ensure they applied uniformly to people of all backgrounds.

“My argument with young people being sucked towards this appalling extremist Isil worldview is ‘You are heading towards a belief system that believes in throwing people off buildings, raping children, enslaving women’,” said the Prime Minister.

“The values of freedom and democracy are far stronger, far better than the values of Isil.

“We are not serving our argument or serving our country or serving new arrivals to our country if we don’t enforce these values uniformly.

“And here’s my message to any young person thinking of going out there. You won’t be some valued member of a movement – you are cannon fodder for them.

“They will use you. If you are a boy, they will brain wash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl they will enslave and abuse you. That is the sick and brutal reality of IS.”

“If we have a situation where young people are being taken off and married against their will or having the appalling practice of FGM carried out on them, and the British state and the British Government and the British Parliament and police and courts look the other way, we are not showing great confidence in our values.

“Our values are so great that we should want to enforce them for all, including new arrivals, including people subjected potentially to those practices.”

My comments:

Firstly I would love to say in the Arabic phrase shown above is pronounced as Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim, and is a beautifully poetic phrase which offers both deep insight and brilliant inspiration. It has often been said that the phrase Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim contains the true essence of the entire Qur’an, as well as the true essence of all religions.

hdhdhMuslims often say this phrase when embarking on any significant endeavour and the phrase is considered by some to be a major pillar of Islam. This expression is so magnificent and so concise that all but one chapter of the Qur’an begins with the words Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.

The common translation:

“In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate”.

Fails to capture either the true depth of meaning or the inspirational message of this beautiful phrase.

In memory of those victims who lost their lives during 7/7 and 9/11 what took place is not recognized under Islam. Every time I read or hear those words recited I am humbled to know that the time has to come to address what establishment stance of extremism as the Koran addresses this issue as haram(Not acceptable and it is forbidden to take an innocent life no matter whatever your religious beliefs) .

On 20 July 2015 David Cameron will be addressing an audience regards to Muslim extremism yet he fails to mention that all forms of religious extremism is wrong. If you look around the world most of the crimes have been committed in the name of religious extremism ie Buddhism vs Muslims, Christians vs Muslims, Hinduism vs Muslims, and Sikhism vs Muslims.

If he wants to talk about British values and integration of the Muslim community, will he mention the fact Birmingham Muslims, despite fasting for 19 hours a day themselves, were feeding the homeless. Will he mention the fact that our forefathers sacrificed their life’s for this, our great country in WW1 & WW2 before any of them set foot in this country.

And how do British values differ from Muslim values? We have been taught and practice that Islam is a religion where we should help and protect our neighbour, before any other, irrespective of their faith. Is this not a British value?

David Cameron’s speech will not support cohesion but divide communities and isolate the British Muslim community.

Daesh has no place in society. They are not part of the religion that I practice.

They need to be condemned at every opportunity as does far right extremism which also threatens to divide our communities.

David Cameron visit to Birmingham and spew his highly problematic remarks about the causes of extremism today. He will focus on ideology; that all extremism is bad, and that it can lead to violent extremism; that the grievance issue is not important; that people do not want to integrate. It’s all completely upside down.

Years and years of research have systematically established the causes of radicalisation among Western European born Muslims. In a nutshell the issues are geopolitical, and failed domestic anti-racism and integration policy. Cameron is using his speech as a sideshow because all capitalist societies need enemies. Elite policymakers in Whitehall are just a bunch of self-serving dim-wits who have no idea of what it is like on the ground. It is tantamount to state racism of the most pernicious nature.

Moreover, those Muslims who start speaking on the behalf of HMG so as to supposedly help Muslim communities, some who start off with good intentions, only end up leaving or feathering their own nests, serving the interest of the elites every time. There is going to be a tremendous reaction to this. Birmingham will not roll over. Too many dedicated and smart activists, campaigners, and professionals, who are savvy and informed will come out responsibly to this. Members of the more intelligent sectors of the press will also report what is right not what powerful people want reported.

His obsession with demanding support for “tolerance, democracy, the rule of law and freedom of speech” sits poorly with the revelation that he authorised British troops to participate in US-led bombing raids on Syria despite Parliament deciding otherwise.

Tolerance, democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech are admirable goals, but they mean different things to us all.

Alarm bells will inevitably ring when Cameron, an inveterate apologist for Israeli war crimes, insists that opposition to Islamic State (Isis) demands condemnation of “conspiracy theories, anti-semitism and sectarianism.”

Who is he to judge when criticism of zionist colonialism descends into these categories?

More basically, when did thinking wrong things become a crime in Britain?

Some people harbour hateful attitudes towards black people, Jews, Gypsies, Travellers, lesbians, gay men and other minorities, but they are prosecuted only when their thoughts translate into action.

Many Irish people in Britain support the reunification of their homeland. Some were sympathetic to the military campaign waged by the Provisional IRA, but they were not persecuted for their thoughts.

There have always been Muslims in Britain and other states more sympathetic to a religious caliphate than secular democracy. They are a tiny minority within a minority.

The weight of the state should only be deployed against those seeking to turn fantasy into reality when they adopt violence.

It is distressing for most people not least the families of those involved — to see young people born, raised and educated in Britain opt to travel to Syria, Iraq or elsewhere to join the Isis death cult.

It reveals a level of extreme alienation brought about by a combination of factors that could include internet propaganda, contact with religious extremists and despair over what they view as this country’s anti-Muslim foreign policy.

Cameron dismisses the idea that a succession of wars launched against largely Muslim countries and ongoing backing for Israel’s murderous occupation of Palestinian land play any part in fomenting alienation.

For him, the problem is simply ideological  “non-violent extremists” who radicalise young people by grooming them and brainwashing their minds.

His stance with regard to Syrians who join Isis is fundamentally different, identifying a materialist basis for their doing so  his contention that President Bashar al-Assad is “the chief recruiting sergeant for Isil because of his butchery of his own people.”

Imperialism’s obsession with overthrowing Assad, assisted by funds, weapons and recruits from Nato’s Arab allies, has weakened military resistance to Isis.

There is little use in Cameron wishing for viable governments in Iraq and Syria or anywhere else in the region when it is US, British and French oil-influenced military intervention or support for medieval despots that has rendered it unstable.

His Extremism Bill will not destabilise Britain because the vast majority of Muslims perceive no unbridgeable gulf between their own beliefs and attitudes and those of their non-Muslim neighbours.

However, his half-baked dog’s breakfast of bluster, loyalty demands and ill-thought-through censorship proposals to “put out of action” those who he decides “clearly detest British society and everything we stand for” will not help matters.

What absurd level of supremacist thinking does Cameron’s statement that “our values are so great that we should want to enforce them for all” reflect?

His agenda will probably collapse under the weight of its contradictions, but until then it will aggravate the process of integration in Britain rather than help it.

Personally I concur with the response from Yvette Copper. See link below:

http://labourlist.org/2015/07/defeating-extremism-must-be-a-shared-endeavour-cooper-responds-to-camerons-speech/

Just wondering how many people had to opportunity to read the full content of the government response to taking extremism if you have not then here is an opportunity to read it. See link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263181/ETF_FINAL.pdf

 

 

 

EDL in Disarray


20110119-084521__edl20birmingham20protestIntriguingly I was switching news channels and following my Facebook and Twitter accounts came across a item of interest the so called leader of the EDL resigning with allegedly 12 others but has not indicated if the EDL has officially folded and forward the rest of the names to the police who they feel that their members have any involvement in crime and fascist organization if so why is it still active comes to mind.

If this the case that the EDL founders have quit a organization what I want to know like many others how did they fund their activities as it cost money and who were their donors and have the founders decided to invest their funds to spread their vile hate against Muslims to other organizations.

This can only be answered for the mouth piece of EDL which at the back of my mind is the most misguided organization to  make claims because of family commitments he had a change of heart on the directions of where the EDL was heading. Well I’ve got news for the former leader(s) there are many don’t believe that a person can change overnight and can’t help to think if the noose around the neck is getting very heavy like a dingy boat is about to sink with the possibilities of no return.

HOPE not HateThere has been many anti-racist organization who has been monitoring them for some time and the indications are there has been no changes from top down. I’m sure people who have been affected by the EDL will welcome the news with throwing wind to caution.

Let’s see what the track record has been like see link enclosed for your perusal and would ask all my followers to make a donation to Hope Not Hate campaign http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/

BAZCXAwKFRoVXVcThe English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right street protest movement which opposes what it considers to be a spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom.The EDL has been described as Islamophobic. The group has faced confrontations with various groups, including Unite Against Fascism (UAF). The EDL’s former leader, Tommy Robinson, estimated a membership of around 100,000, but the think tank Demos estimates that there are between 25,000 and 35,000 active members. (There are no membership cards or fees.

Formation

The EDL originated from a group known as the “United Peoples of Luton“. This was a response to a demonstration, organised by Al-Muhajiroun, against the war in Afghanistan as the Royal Anglian Regiment marched through the town after a tour of duty in the Helmand province campaign The EDL evolved from the football casual subculture and is loosely organised around figures in hooligan firms. When the Luton counter-demonstration led to arrests, local football supporters, using social networking websites, collaborated with other football casual groups, including those associated with hooliganism.

Tommy Robinson, an EDL founder, has reportedly considered forming a political party. In November 2011, the EDL formed an alliance with an offshoot of the British National Party (BNP), known as the British Freedom Party, under which EDL members would be invited to join and stand as candidates in elections. Another senior member is Alan Lake, who has been described as the EDL’s chief financier, which Lake denies. According to Searchlight, Lake plays an important role in expanding EDL’s international network. Hope not Hate stated that the EDL is the “largest rightwing threat in the UK today”, which mobilises between “100 to 3000” supporters on the streets. In January 2012, Tommy Robinson expressed a wish to expand the definition of the EDL to a wider European Defence League.

Membership and support

EDL supporter and a police officer at an EDL march

EDL membership figures are not clear. The internet hacktivist group Anonymous has published personal details of EDL members as part of a campaign against the EDL. History professor Nigel Copsey notes that “There is no official membership card, or fees/subs as such”. This, he suggests, allows the advantage of not having a membership list to leak. In October 2009, the EDL claimed to have thousands of members in scores of branches, and the organisation’s spokesman Trevor Kelway explained that about 300 active supporters attended demonstrations with support from Cardiff, Swansea, Luton and Portsmouth.At the time “an analyst” claimed the group had between 300 to 500 active supporters that it could mobilise at any given time. Researchers have suggested that the EDL is unusual among far-right groups, because it seeks to attract non-white support, but its discourse is seen as “one that reflects that of the BNP and others albeit tailored to be more inclusive and by consequence, more relevant to contemporary Britain’s inherent diversity”. However, scholarly fieldwork into the group has suggested that racism and Islamophobia “may well be more commonplace among the EDL’s ‘rank and file’ than the group’s leaders would publicly admit,” and at least one of their marches was heavily promoted on the fascist and white supremacist website “Stormfront.”

The EDL leadership has estimated that the organisation has 100,000 members. A research group has given a lower figure of 25,000 to 35,000 members.

Tommy Robinson has previously issued an anti-Nazi statement and taken part in the burning of a Nazi flag in a warehouse in Luton, at a 2009 press conference. ‘Tommy Robinson’ was the pen-name used in two books by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon about the Luton Town MIGs football hooligan firm, published before the foundation of the EDL. The EDL expressed support for the monarchy by vowing to rally in support of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, but later cancelled the event.

The Guardian has reported conflict in the EDL between a primarily northern-based group called The Infidels, who hold more traditional far-right views, and members in the Midlands and South. The article suggested that the EDL and the British National Party cannot simultaneously survive for long but that right-wing populism will continue.

In April 2013, the EDL leadership requested that members used tactical voting to benefit the UK Independence Party (UKIP). UKIP responded by distancing themselves from the EDL and its views.

Activities

Main article: List of English Defence League demonstrations

Since its foundation the principal activity of the EDL has been street demonstrations. In the main these have involved counter demonstrations, violence and frequent arrests. The group makes vigorous attempts to influence public debate and opinion, but Tommy Robinson, who was also deputy leader of the British Freedom Party, asserts that the EDL does not aspire to be a political party: “We know who our masters are. We just want them to do their job.”

The deputy leader of the EDL, Kevin Carroll, stood for the BFP in the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Bedfordshire Police and polled 8,675 first round votes (10.6%) coming in fourth place with a saved deposit. In January 2013, Carroll replaced Paul Weston as chairman of the BFP.

Clint Bristow, who worked as a local organiser for the EDL in Doncaster, stood as an independent in the 2012 parliamentary by-election in Rotherham. He came last with 29 votes (0.1%).

Association with violence

Video of damage being caused to a restaurant in Leicester. A supporter of the English Defence League was later convicted for his involvement in the attack, and admitted causing criminal damage worth £1500.[44]

The group states that its aim is to demonstrate peacefully in English, as well as Welsh, towns and cities, but conflicts with Unite Against Fascism (UAF), local opposition and other opponents have led to street violence, anti-social behaviour and arrests. A proposed march in Luton in September 2009 was banned by the police, citing a threat to public safety. There is normally heavy policing of these demonstrations, due to the likelihood of violence. The cost of policing these demonstrations has ranged from £300,000 to £1 million. Journalists that have covered EDL marches have received death threats, for instance journalist Jason N. Parkinson from The Guardian wrote about receiving a death threat by email from someone he described as an EDL organiser, as well as death threats sent to Marc Vallée, a fellow journalist. The National Union of Journalists also released a statement about journalists who had been intimidated after covering EDL demonstrations.

Four specialist national police units involved in policing hooliganism, extreme violence, and terrorism are investigating the EDL. After their second demonstration in Birmingham Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe of West Midlands Police: “Really, there was no intent to protest. I think they knew that the community was very much against them coming to the city, which… potentially would generate violence”. Before their Manchester demonstration of October 2009, the EDL held a press conference, during which they burned a Nazi flag and asserted that “There is no militant undertone. We will peacefully protest but we will not be scared into silence”. During the Manchester city centre demonstration Mat Trewern, from BBC Radio Manchester reported that “At one point, earlier on, when it became extremely tense, members of the UAF tried to break the police line between the two groups”. Greater Manchester Police confirmed a man, believed to be heading to the protest, had earlier been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of distributing racially aggravated material. One week later, at a Welsh Defence League demonstration, supporters burnt an anti-Nazi flag and made Nazi salutes.

In January 2010 in Stoke-on-Trent, EDL members broke through police lines; four police officers were injured and police vehicles were damaged. In March 2010 in Bolton, 74 people were arrested in the demonstrations; at least 55 of the arrested were from the UAF and nine from the EDL. Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism was arrested and charged with conspiracy to organise violent disorder, Martin Smith, of Love Music Hate Racism and Dr. Moran, joint secretary of Greater Manchester UAF were among those arrested on conspiracy charges. Police said that UAF protesters were responsible for most of the trouble and that they had turned up intending to cause trouble saying “It is clear to me that a large number have attended with the sole intention of committing disorder and their actions have been wholly unacceptable.”

At their second Dudley protest, on 17 July 2010, there was widespread damage to local property. The local council estimated the bill to be over £500,000.On 11 September 2010, police in Oldham received an advance call from the EDL. Around mid-day approximately 120 supporters had arrived in the town. A separate group of around 50 members attacked a police car with bottles. There were 8 arrests for public order offences.

On 9 October 2010, a police officer and several civilians were injured during protests by the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism in Leicester. A Sky News van was attacked by members of the English Defence League who had earlier thrown fireworks, smokebombs and bricks at police and smashed windows of the city’s International Arts Centre. There were also clashes between EDL supporters and local black and Asian youths as a group broke out of the EDL protest site at Humberstone Gate East and engaged with the locals. One man from Tyne and Wear was later convicted of causing criminal damage to the value of £1500 to a restaurant in this area of the city. Riot police fought to maintain control over the sporadic fighting that ensued. Thirteen people were arrested, one on suspicion of assaulting a police officer,  only one was from the city of Leicester and the cost of policing the demonstration was put at £850,000.

In February 2011, prior to an EDL march in Luton, national British newspapers ran headlines with expectations of violence. The march, which was held on 5 February 2011, was concluded without major incident.

On 10 August, during the 2011 England riots Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin expressed concern that the EDL and the BNP were seeking to exploit the situation after ninety EDL members joined vigilantes in Enfield claiming that their physical presence would discourage troublemakers. The EDL also gathered in Eltham for the same purpose. EDL officials claimed they were safeguarding local businesses, but it was reported that the EDL attacked a bus carrying black youths.

On July 2011, the EDL visited Muslim MEP Sajjad Karim at his home with a crowd of EDL members, which Karim believed was an attempt at intimidation and threatening behaviour. The EDL has been accused of spray-painting and attacking mosques. Extremist members of the EDL have been involved in physical assaults against Muslims. EDL members have been convicted of graffitying EDL initials on mosques and Asian-run businesses.

EDL members have been reported attacking an anti-fascist concert in Yorkshire. EDL members have been jailed for attacking staff at office buildings which had hosted anti-EDL meetings. EDL members have also attacked a bookstall in Sandwell.

Some news reports have shown pictures which are claimed to depict EDL members posing wearing paramilitary outfits, with guns and crossbows.

On 7 December 2011, EDL activist Simon Beech was one of two men jailed for 10 years for an arson attack on a mosque. Sentencing the men, Judge Mark Eades stated: “It seems to me your purpose was not to get at extremists, but to get at Muslims in general and your purpose can only have been to destabilise community relationships.” Chief Superintendent Bernie O’Reilly, who heads Stoke-on-Trent policing division, said, “This was a planned attack to try to blow a mosque up in a residential area.”

On 5 June 2012, EDL members attacked and threw fireworks at a group of people protesting against the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They were also filmed giving Nazi salutes.

In 2013, six Islamists pleaded guilty to plotting a bomb and gun attack on an EDL march in Dewsbury. The EDL march and UAF/TUC counter demonstration had passed “peacefully, safely and without serious incident.” In June 2013, a burnt down mosque in Muswell Hill was found with EDL graffiti on it. A series of firebombings associated with EDL graffiti began in March 2011 in Luton. Police said of the two people arrested that “there is no evidence linking them” to the EDL. In June 2013, EDL members threatened to assault another EDL member for planning to “make a bomb and go on a killing spree”.

Views and reactions

Street protest organised by the EDL in Newcastle, England. (The placard reads “Shut down the Mosque Command and Control Centre.”)

The British press describes the EDL as far-right or right-wing.

Nick Lowles, former editor of anti-fascist Searchlight magazine and now director of civil rights organisation HOPE not hate, has stated that the EDL poses two risks. One is the formation of a street army prepared to travel around the country to fight and provide organisational support. The other is the group’s tactics of carrying placards and chanting in places that are potential flashpoints. Searchlight has said that not every leader of the EDL is a fascist or hardcore racist. Meanwhile, on the BBC’s Sunday morning Andrew Marr show on 13 December 2010, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti described the EDL as “modern day blackshirts“. Other analysts have described the EDL as an anti-immigration group.

The creation of an EDL “Jewish division” in June 2010 was condemned by all the main organisations of the UK Jewish community.

MP Jon Cruddas, writing in The Guardian, describes the EDL as “a dangerous cocktail of football hooligans, far-right activists and pub racists… a bigger threat than the BNP… providing a new white nationalist identity through which they can understand an increasingly complex and alienating world. In a similar way to how football hooligans once coalesced around support for Ulster loyalism and hatred of the IRA, the followers of the EDL genuinely believe they are “defending” their Britain against the threat of Islam. What makes the EDL much more dangerous is how it reflects a wider political and cultural war.”

The EDL’s leaders say they are opposed to racism and that the EDL is a “multi-ethnic, multi-religious movement and we are proud of that”. Trevor Kelway, a spokesman for the EDL, has denied that the group is racist. He said he had taken over as spokesman because the previous spokesman was Islamophobic. “We would march alongside Muslims and Jews who are against militant Islam,” he said. “There were none on Saturday and an all-white group doesn’t look good. But they can join the EDL as long as they accept an English way of life. It is the people who threaten with bombs and violence and threaten and bomb our troops – they don’t belong here.”

In October 2013, EDL founder Tommy Robinson announced that he was leaving the organisation because it had become too extreme.

Government, local government and police

British Prime Minister David Cameron stated in the 2010 election campaign, “The EDL are terrible people, we would always keep these groups under review and if we needed to ban them, we would ban them or any groups which incite hatred.” Former Home Office minister Phil Woolas stated of the organisation’s tactics, “This is a deliberate attempt by the EDL at division and provocation, to try and push young Muslims into the hands of extremists, in order to perpetuate the divide. It is dangerous.” John Denham, the then UK Communities Secretary, has condemned the EDL, saying its tactics are similar to those of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, although he stressed that they did not present anything like the same “potency, organisation or threat”. He was commenting after clashes between different groups at a new London mosque, during a demo by the group Stop Islamisation of Europe. He singled out the EDL in particular: “If you look at the types of demonstrations they have organised, the language used and the targets chosen, it looks pretty clear that it’s a tactic designed to provoke, to get a response and create violence”.

The leader of Dudley Council, Anne Milward, stated after the second EDL demonstration in her city: “We are extremely saddened that Dudley has again been targeted by the English Defence League. Yet again this group of outside extremists have shown they are incapable of demonstrating peacefully and have brought public disorder and violence to our town.”

The response from British police has been negative. Det Supt John Larkin of West Midland’s Counter Terrorism Unit has previously expressed concerns that the EDL’s Islamophobia fuels extremism and undermines counter-radicalisation efforts.[115][116] Dr. Robert Lambert, co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter and previously head of the Muslim Contact Unit (MCU) in the Metropolitan Police, has written that the EDL has undermined efforts by British Muslims to tackle terrorism and extremism. Adrian Tudway, National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism has written that “In terms of the position with EDL, the original stance stands, they are not extreme right wing as a group, indeed if you look at their published material on their web-site, they are actively moving away from the right and violence with their mission statement etc”, also writing they were a threat to community cohesion.

A Tory party councillor was suspended after attending an EDL rally in Southend. During the Southend gathering, Tommy Robinson expressed links with the local Tory councillor, Blaine Robin, with Tommy Robinson stating “I am proud that the first politician I have ever met who actually represents his constituents is a man outside, a black man, who is a local politician in Southend”.

Academic analysis

Matthew Goodwin, an academic who specialises in the study of far-right extremism, has argued that the press are more sympathetic to the Islamophobia of the EDL than they were to the anti-Semitism of the National Front in the 1970s:

The reason why the EDL’s adoption of Islamophobia is particularly significant is that unlike the 1970s, when the National Front was embracing antisemitism, there are now sections of the media and the British establishment that are relatively sympathetic towards Islamophobia. It is not difficult to look through the media and find quite hostile views towards Islam and Muslims. That is fundamentally different to the 1970s, when very few newspapers or politicians were endorsing the NF’s antisemitic message.

Garland & Treadwell (2010) argue that while the group differs from other British far-right groups such as the British National Party or the National Front by publicly promoting an image of multi-ethnicity, inclusion, and liberal values of tolerance, its affinities with other right-wing groups, its Islamophobia, and the outspoken racism of its membership tend to belie this image.

Paul Jackson in his study describes the EDL as part of the ‘new far right’ of European politics. While “genuinely” anti-Nazi it nevertheless “remains in conflict with liberal democratic principles.” He argues that the EDL uses the essential English principles of tolerance, liberalism, democracy, and enlightenment as ‘cultural markers of identity’ to brand as alien opposing principles of Islam. The latter is described as a backward 7th century intolerant totalitarian creed. Rather than expulsion, favoured by the ‘old far right,’ the ‘new far right’ seeks assimilation to liberal English culture. But by considering the culture of Britain’s Muslims as monolithic, the EDL exploits the “language of liberalism for inherently anti‐liberal agendas.”

Offshoots and divisions

The EDL has separate Jewish, youth, and women’s (the EDL angels) divisions, and claims to also have Pakistani Christian and LGBT divisions.

Roberta Moore, leader of the Jewish division of the EDL, resigned over the presence of alleged “Nazi elements” within the EDL although she said the EDL was “doing a fantastic job” and she hoped its leaders would have the “strength to squash the Nazis within”. In September 2011, a new leadership of the division was selected and the EDL reiterated its support for Israel in its struggle against “radical Islam.”

A sub-group of the European Defence League, the Scottish Defence League (SDL) is an offshoot division of the English Defence League. In 2009, the Sunday Herald revealed links between the SDL and the BNP though both groups have publicly tried to distance themselves from each other, with the BNP claiming it would expel members found to be active in the SDL and its English counterpart, the EDL. The Welsh offshoot of the EDL, the Welsh Defence League, is reportedly defunct.

The English Volunteer Force is a small right-wing street protest movement based in the United Kingdom, which Joe Mulhall considers to be an English Defence League splinter group. Created by John Sheridan and Jason Lock in July 2012, the group calls for the halting of all Muslim immigration, prohibitions on the building of mosques and the sale of halal meat, the rejection of multiculturalism, and a rejection of what they term the ‘Islamification‘ of Great Britain. The group plans to “Unite the Right”. The group held its first demonstration in Birmingham in January 2013 which passed peacefully. On 9 March 2013 the EVF held a demonstration in Stanmore, London, against the radical preacher Abu Qatada‘s continued presence in Great Britain. The group also conducted an online interview with a blog called “Terrorscope”.

Co-founders Robinson and Carroll leave EDL

On 8 October 2013 it was announced that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, who had had meetings with the think tank Quilliam, were now to leave the EDL. Robinson said that street protests were “no longer effective” and “acknowledged the dangers of far-right extremism”. He has stated his intension to continue to combat extremism by forming a new party. Both Robinson and Carroll have been taking lessons in Islam from Quilliam member Usama Hasan, and intend to train in lobbying institutions.

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American talk radio host Michael Savage became the first popular media figure to publicly announce support for the EDL, stating, “How does England take the Islamofascists spitting on their war dead, without letting the English Defence League wade into them with pipes and beer bottles, I’ll never understand”. Erick Stakelbeck, a commentator for Pat Robertson‘s Christian Broadcasting Network, also expressed support for the EDL and compared its members to the members of the American Tea Party movement.

The EDL is reported to be developing links with right-wing elements within America.

Gainesville, Florida pastor Terry Jones, whose calls to burn the Qur’an provoked violence that resulted in numerous deaths, was invited to a rally in Luton in February 2011 “to share his views on Islamic extremism.” The Home Secretary had Jones banned from entering the UK.

In October 2010, American tea party activist Rabbi Nachum Shifren, travelled to England to speak at a rally. In his speech, he called Muslims “dogs” and told the EDL that “history will be recorded that on this day, read by our children for eternity, one group lit the spark to liberate us from the oppressors of our two governments and the leftist, fifth column, quisling press, and that it was the EDL which started the liberation of England from evil.”

The Canadian Jewish Defense League has held a demonstration in support of the EDL, saying that the two groups will “take a stand against the forces of political Islam”. The Canadian Jewish Congress has opposed the alliance.

The EDL has established links to the Danish Defence League. The latter has established 10 chapters within its first year of operation. However recent attempts to establish a presence in Denmark and the Netherlands have failed to attract support and were respectively described as “a humiliation” and as “a damp squib”.

The Norwegian Defence League (NDL) is a sister organisation of the EDL. There are strong connections between the two organisations, and the leadership of the EDL is also actively involved in the leadership of NDL. Members of the NDL have on several occasions travelled to England to participate in EDL protests.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks has claimed to have hundreds of EDL members as Facebook friends. The newspaper also quoted an anonymous senior EDL member that Breivik had extensive links with senior members of the EDL. Also according to The Telegraph, Breivik wrote online about how he attended an EDL Bradford demonstration.[154] In his April 2012 trial testimony, however, Breivik denied having had any contact with the EDL, although he admitted having used EDL-linked forums and having messaged an EDL member in one of them. He also contrasted the EDL with the Knights Templar organisation which he claimed he was part of, saying “The EDL is an anti-violent organisation supporting democracy and [opposing] Sharia and Islamisation and they have nothing to do with KT at all. You cannot even compare them.”EDL members have subsequently been associated with praise for Breivik following his conviction in the Norwegian courts.

On 31 July 2011, Interpol requested Maltese police to investigate Paul Ray, former member and co-founder of the English Defence League, who blogs under the name “Lionheart”. Ray conceded that he may have been the inspiration for the Norwegian mass murderer, but deplored his actions. On 26 July 2011, the EDL leader Tommy Robinson denied any official links with Breivik and said that acts of terrorism are unacceptable. Lauren Collins quotes Breivik: “The EDL, although having noble intentions are in fact dangerously naïve. … we are miles apart ideologically AND organizationally …” She nevertheless maintains that the EDL created an inflammatory environment in which people like Breivik can find “reinforcement”.

In January 2013, the EDL’ leader, Tommy Robinson, (who had previously been refused entry to the USA), was jailed for using a false passport to enter the USA. Lennon’s own passport is in the name of Paul Harris. The Independent reported that Lennon had been jailed for assault in 2005 and also has previous convictions for drugs and public order offences.

Students power prevail over veil ban


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I’m glad that a well-respected college in the West Midlands has decided to do a u turn on a veil ban which is a welcome change in what I consider that the college failed to enter into a contract with students and if it was taken to court it could be considered in breach of the students human rights under articles 9  and 10 The right to religious beliefs which would have played into the hands of the far right elements such as BNP and EDL. Thank god that it did not go down that road and common sense prevail.

Somehow I don’t think that the college had thought through the process properly which led to a public outcry not just by students but the general public.
25-08-2011humanrightsMy hope is that one day when the college in concern will liaise with the student union to have a idea as the union will be more than happy to assist let’s not forget that one side does not fit all as it comes across as being stereotyping which does not go down well and it will cause a embarrassing situation worse like it did when the Birmingham mail publish the incident coupled by radio interviews.

Granted some people may be disappointed but that’s facts of life everybody has right their human rights regardless of their wellbeing which includes the right to assemble and freedom of expression in a appropriate settings.

I am willing to offer my services to the college for a fee to increase their equal opportunity policy awareness.