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By denying England her independence, they've created a monster

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2017 at 5:20 AM

Below is an article from the excellent Bella Gwalia website of which I agree entirely.



By denying England her Independence, they’ve created a monster

 

It has been argued many times that the British (English) left have a blind spot for the Celtic nations of Great Britain.

 

But as we’ve seen time and again the Labour party mainly, but the British left in general, are resolute in their oppo...

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Being 'Green' but not mean

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Oh dear, it's happened again, my love of motorsport has upset some of my fellow green minded folk. This follows on from the accusations that if I am not a vegan or a vegetarian you do not believe in animal welfare.


Whilst respecting the views of others I want to try an put these things to bed once and for all.


I am passionate about protecting our planet, and I do admit watching combustion engined vehicles hurtling around a track is possibly not the greenest...

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There's still power in a union

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 11:50 AM

So the TUC congress has drawn to a close for another year, much debate and some good decisions amongst the hero worshipping of a certain political leader.  But whatever your politics, the reality is there has probably never been a more important time for workers to join a trade union. Pay and conditions in many industries are being hit in real terms as the Tories continue on their 'Back to the Future' vision of dragging Britain back to Victorian times. Workers need a voice and representa...

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The truth would allow steps back from the brink of nuclear war

Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2017 at 6:15 AM

I have for some reason in the past been accused of being a sympathiser of the regime in Pyongyang. However as someone that firmly believes in human rights, a nuclear free world, animal welfare and peace such accusations could not be further from the truth. What I have always tried to do is look at both sides of the coin, read between the lines of statements and looked at the historical significance to uncover the truth which is often buried beneath the garbage of media ramblings and political...

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Being Quiet Whilst the Dust Settles

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2017 at 12:35 AM

My blog has been silent since the General Election. My reason for this is that I have waited for the dust to settle politically before voicing my opinion on here again. However, twitter followers will know I have been far from silent and still champion the progressive path. So what has happened since the General Election?


To begin with Theresa May go the bloody nose she deserved. In a pre-election post I stated the election was called for personal reasons and that of the Con...

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London & Pressing the Button

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2017 at 5:55 AM

I would like to say at the outset I am appalled at last night's attack on innocent people in London. It was not the act of those of true faith or those with any sense of humanity, but an act by those fuelled by hate and a perverted, distorted view of a religion of peace. I had contemplated writing my response to these atrocious murders separately to something on the question of nuclear weapons, as a mark of respect for those who have died in London. However I beleive the greatest respect for ...

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Foreign policy has made UK a target

Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2017 at 3:20 AM

Firstly I think all our thoughts this week are with the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have died or suffered as a result of the vicious and cowardly bombing in Manchester. Also I think we need to extend our thoughts to all those that are suffering as a result of similar atrocities which are particularly prevalent in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.


The comments of Jeremy Corbyn this week, highlighting British military involvement ...

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May, Corbyn & Farron. Different styles. Still mismanagement

Posted by [email protected] on May 14, 2017 at 1:45 PM

So what is the difference between the three main political parties going into the General Election? Fortunately, on this occasion, there are certainly major policy differences between all three, something that has not always been the case over the past twenty years.

 

As far as differences go I’m simply going to look at how they would implement their management of the country, as from this is spawned their direction and policies.

 

In terms...

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General Election 2017 - acts of selfishness and foolishness by main players

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2017 at 7:15 AM

'Not another one', the comment by Brenda I think summed up the mood of many on the announcement the country will be going to the polls again on June 8th of this year. In one way Brenda has probably become an unwilling political pundit but her additional comment 'Why does she need to do it?' is the question most people need to ask.


The truth is for selfish reasons. Coming up in the near term are the election expenses scandals of the Tory c...

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New motor sport legislation could open the door for jobs, investment and Formula E for the English Riviera

Posted by [email protected] on April 16, 2017 at 6:15 AM

Unlike many green thinking people, I am actually a lover of motor sport. I love the skill of the driver pitting his or her wit against others, track conditions and the elements, and I like the technical decisions and thinking of team managers and knowledge of the pit crew. To me it's man and machine at its most entertaining. Therefore I welcomed the decision to relax laws allowing motorsport competition on the roads of Britain's towns and cities.


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Tragic examples of an increasingly cruel world

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2017 at 8:45 AM

We live in an increasingly cruel world, and actions this week in Sweden and Syria are examples that the world is far from civilised and if anything is drifting towards the days of imperialism and tribalism.


In Syria we have witnessed the use of chemical weapons. Some say use of such weapons is a 'war crime', though I believe any act of unprovoked aggression is a crime, and all this 'rules of engagement' nonsense some military experts have...

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Population definitely does matter

Posted by [email protected] on April 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Countryfile presenter, Chris Packham, has recently raised concerns about both the UK and global rates of population. Packham is a patron of the charity Population Matters, which campaigns on population, environmental and sustainability issues and pointed out in a recent interview his concerns in the UK were based on 'the number of human organisms in a confined space'.

 

 

Population has become a sort of taboo topic for many green minded people. To raise concerns op...

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Tories Gib Brexit blunder will detract from the real issues

Posted by [email protected] on April 2, 2017 at 1:10 PM

A great deal of talk over Gibraltar, sabre rattling from both sides and a massive blunder by the Tories Brexit team. Oh how we can trust this government to look after our interests....NOT!

The fact is this represents a huge, but possibly an intentional mistake by Theresa May. What she had to do was include the words the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies of the Bailiwick of Guernsey,...

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Beyond Brexit....neither hardline or bureaucratic

Posted by [email protected] on March 30, 2017 at 10:40 AM

So the letter has been signed and it's now a case of Brexit here we come. Although for many years I campaigned against the EU, faced with the reality of this situation (the Tories deciding on Brexit) I decided remaining would be a better option or to put it another way, the better of two evils.


 

I think this is the problem – they are two evils, and people are being herded to support one or the other. Unfortunately the Labour Party has offered little ...

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New thinking needed to prioritise NHS funding

Posted by [email protected] on March 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

As one of the organisers of the recent Torbay & South Devon TUC march in support of community hospitals, I have been regularly asked “Did it make a difference”. To be perfectly frank there is no real answer to that question, as the battle to save our local community hospitals and the NHS as a whole is an ongoing one, the march being a single part of this fight.

 

 

We know where the real problem lies, in Westminster with an austerity driven Tory gov...

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Westminster atrocity was written in the sand many years ago

Posted by [email protected] on March 23, 2017 at 11:35 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by yesterday's vicious terrorist attack in Westminster. No words can describe or bring comfort to those who have lost friends and loved ones or who have concerns of those close to them.


One thing I hope does not happen as a result of this is knee jerk reactions and assumptions. I overheard one discussion this morning where one man was saying “We need to put all these Muslims in pri...

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What is the future of Ireland without McGuinness

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2017 at 6:05 PM

The death of Martin McGuinness has certainly raised mixed emotions. Understandably those who have been directly affected by the troubles in Northern Ireland may view his passing with glee. Those who appreciated his work as part of the peace process will mourn and respect his passing. It's also worth noting, even some on the nationalist side who viewed McGuinness as a traitor for helping to broker peace, will not shed a tear. Therefore opinions will be as divided as the Ulster c...

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Bitterness of 'less than democratic left' driving me towards the 'radical centre'

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

I have always considered myself on the left of politics, fighting for workers rights, for the less privileged, for equalityand freedom. I have worked for co-operaton between political parties, trade unions and organisations, trying to find common ground in which to build support for common goals. As within any alliance, there are are differing views, but providing there is a common enemy and the focus was on the principles of that enemy, I felt there was a way forward.

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Son's fears confirmed over Parkfield

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2017 at 5:55 PM

A couple of years ago my eldest son wrote the statement below concerning Parkfield. Have our politicians or the public learned? I doubt it, the future is still very much mirky for this much needed Paignton facility. Those that continue to fight for this facility need wider support.



So first...

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Britain would benefit from 'Another Europe'

Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM

This posting first appeared on my original blogsite in October 2016


I have not given much reference to Brexit on my blog. However I am horrified at the mass fallout from both the campaign and the result which seems to have divided many friends, families and politicians. I will always remember the morning of the result and driving to work in Torquay and reading the words ‘EU Rats Go Home’ sprayed in large letters on the shelter on Torre Abbey m...

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