DEATH OF A LABOUR VOTER


I have voted for Labour all my life. (Loyalty)

In 2015 when I was canvassed I surprised myself, and the poor labour foot soldier, by the vehemence of my proclamation that this was the last time they could take my vote for granted. I was tired of voting with a peg on my nose. I rattled off a litany of complaints about the lacklustre, timid, campaigns of recent times. We were living under the most toxic government of my lifetime but seemed cognitively captured by the language of “austerity” and “difficult choices”. Rather than leading and shaping opinion we were assuming we had to constantly echo the language of the Tories by constantly referencing “hard working” . To me this carries with it the implication that we were overrun with lazy and feckless scroungers as so many natural Labour voters are villifed by the Tory party. Workers versus shirkers had entered the lexicon of the party of the working class! We had accepted the marketisation of education and the NHS, extended PFI, and been relaxed about growing inequality. Where was Labour?

I was not surprised when we lost. If I was struggling how many more voters were we alienating?

Read the full article at:
https://tishnaught.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/death-of-a-labour-voter/

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Kept off the streets by Bristol City Council and the Salvation Army


Next time you hear about the Salvation Army and think about religion, marching bands and small bags and envelopes through your door, spare a thought for what they actually do. As some followers of this blog will be aware, I have had a torrid time over the last couple of years and this has had an awful effect on my mental health. It recently reached the point where my partner reached the point where she couldn’t cope with it any longer and gave me the ultimatum. “Sort yourself out, get a job or get out!” I won’t criticise her too heavily for her decision. The strain that my condition has put on our relationship has been unbearable for us both and neither of us seemed truly happy.

With no money, quite the inverse in the form of a maxed out overdraft because I’ve still been paying the bills while not earning for the last few months, I am left in a dire situation. I have nowhere to go, at present, no money and do not have the strength to survive on the streets in my deeply depressed state. I’ve gone from earning around £30k pa in various IT roles, to destitute in around 4 months. Thankfully I had already been referred to the Bristol Mental Health crisis team, yesterday, by the Police as a result of a brother calling them with concerns for my safety. I have been feeling suicidal for some weeks now.

Today I attended the Bristol City Council citizen service offices, or whatever the. overall office calls itself. The staff there have been immensely helpful and compassionate. I arrived in something of a daze, but the team have guided me through the process of getting some crisis money to feed myself, have ensured that I am sheltered for the night and given me a plan to work to. They have done all the form-filling, asked the right questions and applied my answers to the system. I have been amazed by them, to be honest.

Tomorrow I will need to start the application process for some kind of benefits, likely ESA or something. I am not able to work at the moment and will need some extensive mental health assistance to get me back to a place where I will be fit for work. Thankfully the Mental Health Crisis team have got the ball rolling for me. I still feel bitter that if the NHS and its Mental Health services were properly funded, I may have been successfully treated a long time ago. This would have been humane for me and cost effective, in the long run, for the government.

I hope that on Friday I can get myself onto the housing lists, to be eligible for Council / Housing association accommodation. The strain of paying private rental fees in the past has been quite debilitating during stressful times, such as when facing redundancy. My soul needs some housing stability. Privately renting, as I have for several years, has been expensive and very unstable as rented properties were sold by their owners.

I don’t have much of a support network in Bristol, to be fair. I have actually come to dislike the City and its grime (as in filth, dirt, pollution) and divisions. I know there will be no social housing in Bristol, I’ve already been told that. So I may explore the option of asking to be considered for Trowbridge and surrounding areas, as I have a younger brother there who has also suffered mental health issues and to his credit has come through some incredibly tough times, a lot better than I am. He has offered me that branch of support and is encouraging me to move there.

Although being in the environment that surrounds this hostel is actually pretty distressing to me, I am grateful for the assistance that everybody involved today have given me. I know I would have taken a drastic step earlier today, if it wasn’t for them. I still face a huge uphill struggle, even to reach a place where I can start to focus on my mental health recovery and hopefully effective treatment. All along though, I will continue to shout out for people in this position.  I REALLY do know what it is like now.

When I started my blog and before that, my twitter account, with the name “It Could Be You”, it was with the view that anybody could end up suffering from depression, for one reason or another.

The moniker has expanded itself, with my own life experiences. Having stable, well paid jobs in the past, afforded me the luxury of knowing it was highly unlikely that I would find myself in the position that I currently do. Oh wow, have my eyes been opened. Once I have the strength, energy and capacity to do so, I will be finding ways that I can make real differences for people in this position and maybe even try to help avoid it happening in the first place.

I worked as a support worker in the learning disabilities and autism fields, to give something back, several years ago.  I could not survive on the salary, so I moved back into my usual IT fields, but in the same social care sector. I hope that when I’m well enough, I might find a path into another much needed part of the social care sector. Homelessness and protection of society’s vulnerable. Just the sort of person that I am now.

We need to change the system in the UK. We need a socialist Labour government. Read more on my political views in this blog post.

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The Tories Are Not Altruists: If They Want Corbyn Gone It’s Because He’s A Threat.

The Tories are always saying they wish Labour would get shot of Corbyn because he makes for a weak opposition. Apparently Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said as much on BBC Question Time last night.

Well frankly that’s a load of old bo***cks! The Tories have never been known for their altruism. If they want Corbyn gone, it’s because they see him as a threat in some way.

Yes Labour are polling badly, which should reassure the Tories, except they can’t shake off the discomfiting memory of those pre-coup polls when Labour were nipping at their heels.

READ MORE at the Source: The Tories Are Not Altruists: If They Want Corbyn Gone It’s Because He’s A Threat.

Open Letter To The Bitterite PLP Plotters From An Exasperated, Angry Labour Member

Plotters,

If you spend much more time whispering in darkened corners, you’ll end up looking like Gollum from Lord of the rings. You already sound like him. ‘It’s our precious…..those sneaky members can’t have it.’

Read the full article below.

Source: Open Letter To The Bitterite PLP Plotters From An Exasperated, Angry Labour Member

The money that ensures Corbyn appears unelectable

For some time now, there has been a massive campaign to make Jeremy Corbyn appear to be an unelectable Labour party leader. Contributing to this are the mainstream media’s biased reporting in a bid to stamp out any kind of socialist support. Socialism isn’t a good political model for global capitalists looking to make vast sums of money and avoid paying tax on their profits through various means. There is another major contribution to the campaign against Labour’s twice democratically elected party Leader that is even more sinister and comes from within the Party. I have provided plentiful links to news articles and statements, to allow you to decide for yourself. All I have done is join the dots to try to expose what has really happened in recent times. I advise reading the article, then follow the links if you want further information.

During Tony Blair‘s tenure as party leader and Prime Minister of the UK, the Progress organisation was created. Progress are a political movement who claim to be an independent organisation and pretty much a party within the party, intent on creating neoliberal, nigh on right-wing New Labour supporters. They attempt to steer Labour along the Tory-like neoliberalist, capitalist benefiting lines which lost the trust and votes of millions of Labour supporters in previous years. They are keen to drop the New Labour brand, to distance themselves from that loss of public support. The New Labour mentality still remains, ensuring that beneath the party of the people image of Labour still lurks a party for the Establishment. Margaret Thatcher famously stated that Tony Blair and New Labour were one of her proudest achievements.

Much of the work of Progress has involved Labour MPs publicly criticising and / or failing to back the leader’s agenda and policies. Resignations from the shadow cabinet have been timed to cause damage to the party and in particular Jeremy Corbyn’s image as a leader, in the lead up to by-elections and during key parliament voting sessions. The Labour party has a complicated structure and Progress-aligned Labour MPs hold key positions within that structure. A major critic and opponent of Corbyn, Iain McNicol, is ensuring that Jeremy Corbyn is ill supported by the party in terms of resources by underfunding the leader’s team by 50% in comparison to former leader Ed Miliband.

There is a really sinister motivation to this wholly treacherous campaign against the founding democratic socialist principles of the Labour party which is distinctly Zionist in nature and has significant financial backing. This has come from Lord Sainsbury, of the Sainsbury’s supermarket empire, who has also funded the Liberal Democrats, which surely must be a conflict of interests that should see his expulsion from the Labour party. He has bankrolled the Progress organisation to the tune of millions, over a long period of time. It is very much worth examining Progress’s funding stream, which also includes Venture Capitalist and Private Equity interests and American organisations including pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

The Labour party, during Corbyn’s tenure, has been embroiled in various anti-semitism smears which have clearly been orchestrated by ‘bad-actors’ with intent on damaging the Labour party. Corbyn himself launched an investigation into the allegations and swiftly implemented recommendations from its findings. At the time of the allegations, many spoke out against the slurs and the motivations behind them. Damning reports of the campaign, implicating the  Labour Friends of Israel group and Israel itself. Clear distinctions needed to be made between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, which are clearly very different, in an effort to educate and highlight what was actually going on.

All of this motivation has seen constant attacks on democracy and a concerted effort to stop the paying membership of the Labour party from selecting candidates that reflect the majority view. The Labour party, once a credible alternative to the Conservatives and rampant capitalism, has been bought by Zionist and capitalist interests. It has been transformed into a party that pretty much supports and perpetuates Tory policy which leaves society with no real choice of government policy. The campaigns against Corbyn and the left-leaning, socialist members of Labour are stopping true democracy and the betterment of society and the economy, [pdf] for the benefit of the vast majority of the population, instead favouring the Establishment.

The UK has long been criticised for its arms deals with Israel who have used them to bomb and slaughter Palestinians and Jeremy Corbyn has been a long time opponent to these deals and to the whole conflict in general. I’m not going to attempt to go into the causes of the conflict, but I do feel that bombing people is just plain wrong.

So, in a nutshell, the Progress and Socialist/left arguments are quite simply an extension of the conflict going on in Israel. Israelis have infiltrated UK politics for their own political gains and are using our parties in their arguments. All while the people of Britain suffer at the hands of Tory austerity, which is quite unnecessary in any case. That, however, is an altogether different subject for debate.

There is a rising in opinion that Progress, Iain McNicol, Keith Vaz (NEC council) and several Blairite elements within the Labour party need to be removed, in order to allow democracy to return to the party and for it to return to its founding principles. I completely agree with this and think it is disgusting that the party of the people has been subverted to favour tax avoiding corporations and the very wealthy to benefit when poverty and equality is crippling society. Things need to change for the good of the people.

This post was written to bring together online evidence of the corruption of UK politics by outside parties. The UK mainstream media are not joining the dots and the Conservative party don’t seem enthusiastic about highlighting it, either. This is despite Jeremy Corbyn writing to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on the subject.

Malcontent Labour MPs Expose Their True Fears – Corbyn Might Win!

Concise analysis of the “soft-coup” being attempted by the Blairite, “Progress” element of the Labour party. Glad somebody has put into words. I’ll likely put together a similar, more in depth, piece that will provide more detail on the financial backing of these treacherous, self-serving career politicians.

Source: Malcontent Labour MPs Expose Their True Fears – Corbyn Might Win!