Extinction

Here’s my thought for the day. Being disabled, sick and vulnerable in Britain today is not just scary but petrifying. My disability and illness are by no way extreme when compared to those having to be lived with by many I know or know of. I still have some days, though quite rare, where I can almost live as I used to. Where I can get out, ride a bike, even very rarely camp. These days are few and far between and usually come with a physical, mental and yes an emotional cost but I would never give those opportunities up.
For many they do not even get the odd respite, and for some each day is an actual fight for life. Most of the time we exist rather than live. We draw breath, eat (some of us), sleep (some of us), lay in bed or on the sofa and depend upon the kindness and friendship of others to communicate and feel part of the outside world. That is existing. For some its far worse.
Now disability provision is signposted with a sign depiction a wheelchair. What I have learned the hard way is not all disabilities are that visible. I spoke to a man yesterday that seemed no different to anyone else, yet he is in the ongoing stages of a terminal cancer. You would not know that. I sadly have several friends with that form of illness. Some are survivors, some will survive and devastatingly some will not. All are fighters beyond anything those without that horror will ever imagine.
My illness’ restrict me and my decisions, they have stolen my career and my self respect. They have robbed me of my virility and self image. They have taken from me a lot of what I see as my essence of being not just a human but a man. I appear on here as opinionated, confident and I hope intelligent at times, however my memory is shot, I forget I am cooking or have taken my meds, I forget to fill in forms and although can speak up on others behalf cannot on my own. Today I cannot even lift a coffee cup without it shaking as if there is an earth quake. Today my pain levels are high which likely means hitting my strongest meds. Not an easy thing to choose to do.
I can never plan in advance which has cost me massively, from credibility to long term friendships. If I say I will do something, even a phone call I often don’t, not through choice but because I truly cannot either for physical, mental, exhaustion or because emotionally I cannot speak to anyone.
As I say my life is no where near as difficult and painful as those of others.
So anyway why this rant? Well each day we are informed of more cuts to services, to the NHS and to the (hate this term) ‘benefits’ that we need to survive upon. There is no ‘benefit’ to being ill. The money people claim is what we all deserve. I worked until three years ago, I paid into a system designed to be a safety net for those in need. I never imagined I would need to make a claim but paid National Insurance and tax every minute I worked. Lets just consider that term, National Insurance. It is an Insurance policy we all have to take out once we earn. A policy that always should pay out when its needed. You cannot run a policy then just change the rules once its required can you? Well Mrs May seems to think you can. She and her cabinet of fraudsters, corrupt politicians of the worst kind are waging a war, no that’s wrong, a genocide upon the weak, sick and disabled. She and her party are literally killing off thousands of our friends and family on a daily basis. People who deserve the support of the nation are being vilified and made out to be draining the public funds (those same funds I spent over thirty years paying into). The reality however is the only people stripping the UK of assets, commodities, that’s money and property, are the rich. This fake need for austerity was fabricated after we had to ‘bail out’ corrupt bankers, when their fraudulent dealings went awry. That was an opportunity for the rich to use that ‘bail out’ to create a fabrication and lie which they use now to steal what is the nations, ours, from us.
People as I said are dying daily. We know this but the majority choose to ignore it. It’s some perverse ‘I’m alright Jack’ attitude. Well think about it folks, when did this eradication of the weak lead last time? Germany 1936?
We are supposed to learn from history but clearly we do not.
So why are we the sick, the disabled, the vulnerable – and actually I used the term the ‘weak’ but the reality is that none of us are weak, each breath we draw proves that, so fearful? Because to many of you now we are valueless. We are a monetary statistic to be ignored and wiped from existence. You may keep a door open at the sight of a stick, crutches or wheelchair, you may think kindly of your ill cousin, maybe even occasionally take your poorly neighbour a bowl of soup, but you have allowed us to become the victims of the state. Disabled were always fighters not victims, but you all continue by inaction to ensure this government makes us so.
What next is your choice, you are the people, and even an individual voice or action may be the catalyst for something much bigger. Its up to you.
Jonesy.

Contempation

 

Lets look at the big picture right now. We in the UK have an unelected Prime Minister that has since before the referendum been intent upon ridding the UK of its human rights legislation (law).

America has a new President that has made moves to remove the USA from the United Nations, why? Because the UN has the Declaration of Human Rights. He also has already within his first days of office repealed rights of the US citizenship, he has begun to segregate swathes of the American people due to race, religion and even gender.

Our PM Teresa May was the first world leader to officially meet Donald Trump (or Daffy Fart to his friends), she was even photographed walking hand in hand with this self-confessed bigot.

 

So lets think why would both May and Trump wish to remove the rights of their citizens?

Well several reasons come to mind. One people with no rights can be made to work cheaper and longer. This makes more profit for the rich that like May’s husband and Donald own business’ including hedge funds (which means that like Mr May they can deny holding an interest in say G4 because it is actually their hedge fund that officially owns the stakes in G4 not Mr May directly, though he has a major stake in the hedge fund. Complicated hey? Not really but meant to seem so, in order to prevent you and me seeing the corruption).

The next reason is that without rights people can be held without charge or trial, they can be tortured and even killed by the state. Oh but surely that cannot happen in the UK? Well a senior Tory has stated he believes torture can work. Mr Trump has declared he believes not only can it work but should be used.

Scared? Oh no this cannot be real can it? Just Jonesy ranting again?

OK next, the Human right act here gives us all sorts of rights, and along with other laws means we cannot be discriminated through ability, race, gender, religion, culture, health or sexuality.

The issue is that we all of late have seen how the disabled, the ill, the unemployed, the Muslim’s, the homeless, the black, the Asian, and all vulnerable minorities have been vilified in the media, and worse by government departments, local authorities and the police.

Why?

Because this not only is absolutely distraction, taking your focus off the real reasons for things like austerity, for the corruptive dealings of the wealthy and the powerful (The Establishment) and those that govern us, by giving you a scapegoat, someone to blame that are not the true culprits, it divides the nation. It reduces opposition and negates the unity of the people, which you can believe is the one thing these people are truly afraid of. If we united against them, their corrupt dynasty would fall within days. Sadly whilst we blame the weak it will never happen.

Here in Britain we have more cctv than anywhere in the world. We are the only major country to have conviction without trial, (fixed penalty fines and even a police caution are viewed and recorded as convictions. These are often given at the whim of officers).

We also have a large state controlled media and Establishment owned press. They feed us ‘news’ which is mainly propaganda not truth. The main offenders are the BBC, The lovely Mr Murdoch and his Sky media empire which includes the Scum News Paper, The Main news outlets, which comes under the banner of MSM – Main Stream Media.

Even your soaps and tv programs are designed to perpetuate beliefs the Establishment want you to hold. Shows like twat Kyle, Benefits Britain, Benefits Street even Victoria Derbyshire are made solely to divert ire and loathing on to the most vulnerable.

The most worrying thing of all is that if we look back to 1933-1936 this is exactly (without the obvious advances in technology) how Hitler and Mussolini came to power. In the UK we see the weak and vulnerable as the cause of austerity, not the Bankers that gambled with your money and lost, not the MP’s that make fortunes from the arms industries and oil companies.

Am I being dramatic? Sadly not. What’s next? Well after May breaks up the NHS, privatizes the police, social care, child protection and then the military what else is there? Well all local government which will mean council tax will pay profits not just services, I imagine a three hundred percent rise in that, toll roads even on A and B routes, and stripping all the UK assets. The Country will in time become a business model not a country.

Sci-fi? Fantasy? Sadly I fear not.

You can argue all or even points of this, it is my personal vision of our future, sadly how I see the path the UK taking.

So feel free to criticize, but time will tell. If we do not act as a nation now kit will be too late.

Jonesy

Lockdown lessons

What has lockdown taught me? Lots! That my own space is important, that we can change our world, that bloody pubs do not matter. That some folk will never learn or care.
It’s also taught me that there are amazing humans out there and some of them are the most unlikely of folk, that respect matters more than we ever thought, that we cannot trust all we read or watch (OK I knew that already), that people and our world matter so much more than profit, power, control, or greed.
It taught me fear for the wellbeing of others and of loss, but it taught me life changes in ways we never believed possible.
It taught me no political party is fit to govern as they all are about what they can grab.
It made me realise being human holds duties that cannot at least by some of us ever be ignored.
I learnt that we are the keepers not owners of our planet, and magic exists all around us if we just open our eyes to it.
I realised we should cherish the natural world not be in fear of it.
I now understand we own nothing but the kindness we have for all including ourselves and that which others give to us, but also that it is all too easy to lose sight of the importance of caring.
I know that humans can be stupid, corrupt, immoral and vile, but all so many are not.
The most important thing of all is I realised we are never truly alone. Someone always cares, even if we do not know it.
I am here for all folk, whether you know me or not. Its that simple.
Jonesy

Pandemic of nature? #Covid_19

I do get why folk do not believe C19 is real. Mish mash figures all not adding up and the daily lies from government and media, but sadly the deaths are real, the pain of those losing those they love is real, the fear of those suffering is real.
We live in a country where profit comes before people. Corruption is the driving force of governance, not morality.
I am no scientist, nor do I have access to secrets, I am not party to Boris’ vile thoughts.
The one thing I am certain of though is that nurses, doctors, care workers and the rest of this country if not the world are being continuously placed at risk.
I know that medics and carers on the front line are at the end of their tethers.
I understand that some hospitals have PPE whereas others do not, and the press are only allowed to talk to those staff that have it.
I know that news from other countries covering the pandemic effects upon the UK are censored. I saw this myself yesterday with a news outlet in New Zealand not being allowed to share to the UK.
I cannot say what caused this pandemic, whether its nature or designed in a lab. I know the most vulnerable to it are the people the world governments would like to not exist.
The elderly, the disabled, the poor and the chronically ill. I am told that Black and Asian folk are more suseptable it seems.
But knowing all of that I know people are dying. Way too many people.
I know that I, and all in my transport group, along with those sewers, printers and producers of all types of PPE are daily trying to save lives that are continuing to be lost through government inaction and bad decision making.
I know that if we ignore the virus/disease/illness more and more people will die.
I know that every death changes and often destroys the lives of those around the deceased.
I personally know that the pain of losing someone you love with all your heart brings agony that not drug can sate every single day.
So I do not know the answers to what’s going on. I know the government are using it to their own end, I know Boris is not bothered about me or you or even your communities.
But I know beyond all doubt we need to stay safe, not fur us especially but for all of those we love and love us.
So keep social distancing. Do not send your kids to school. Wear a mask in shops or crowds. Do not go into hospitals unless there is no choice. And fight to support our NHS not just clap. Fight to keep our freedoms after this diabacle and let’s invest in a future where life means more than profit, goods and power.
Jonesy Jones

Why it’s not ALM yet!

OK the statue of a slaver was a good move as a one off. Now however it’s been done. Use your brains and look at new ways to focus people to the cause and not alienate them.
Maybe think about researching which individuals and companies wealth is based upon the slave trade.
I am not adverse to direct action but make it count. One statue is symbolic, all the statues becomes a focus for your opposition to attack you.
Making it difficult for modern firms to profiteer from slavery is far more beneficial to BLM than just keeping on keeping on.
Explain to people why it’s called Black Lives Matter, explain they matter because black people all over the world are oppressed before they are even born.
That black people make up more people living in abject poverty in the UK but also in the world as a whole, that by being black you are far more likely to be treated as a criminal upon first sight by a police officer and even far more likely to be found guilty by a judge, magistrate or jury, despite burden of proof not being met.
That if you are born black you are more likely even today to be a slave than a white person
You are also more likely to live in a ghetto, a dumping ground, and far more likely to be ignored when it comes to human rights on a world stage.
If you are defined as black you still are disadvantaged in getting a job in the UK and globally you may get little or no education.
If you are black in some parts of the world companies even now see your lives as worthless, Nestlé for one deliberately giving out free baby milk in Africa so that once the mothers milk has dried up they depend upon the powdered milk even when the water supply is not fit for human consumption, then its no longer free. Sound familiar? How drug gangs operate?
You are more likely to be used in drugs trials often without consent or even knowledge.

Your cause of death is far more likely to be based upon poverty and social class.
You are more likely to work for pennies whilst the companies profiteer from your labour by selling for hundreds of pounds an item they paid you 20p equivalent to produce.
Now I am not black, I am told I am white, I would love to be just defined as a human being, but until everyone truly is, then I cannot.
All forms of discrimination are vile, I am disabled and truly now understand that. However, no other discrimination truly exists before your parents even meet.
Think on that. That is why Black Lives Matter, why it’s not about all lives mattering, there is a difference, if you don’t want there to be a difference then work towards ending racism and all discrimination. Then you can scream that all lives matter and be right.

Jonesey

BLM vs STATUE

Do you know what’s really pissing me off? It’s that a fecking statue is taking more of folks ire than the thousands of deaths daily caused by this crap regime. Not just Covid either, THE DWP and Austerity are still killing folk.
The statue needed to be brought down and is down end of. Now move on and think how we save lives.
And stop with this ‘all lives matter shit’ if all your going to do is sit there and ignore people dying.
BLM is not saying all lives don’t matter, it’s saying that no one should be oppressed by the colour of their skin. It’s that simple, along with no one should be for their culture, religion, gender, sexiality or because of disability.
This world should be fair, we are all humans, so all should have the same chances in life. And no one should be attacked because of colour or as in my case because the use crutches at times.
Wake the feck up. We are being diverted from the true issues.
Jonesy

Social distancing at BLM Demos

If you look at the footage from the demos folk seem to be trying to social distance, but are being herded by police into confined areas where social distancing is then breached.
This is deliberate, under normal circumstances it may possibly a valid tactic, however now the police and their masters are deliberately breaching health and safety as well as the government’s own legislation. It is them who are putting the citizens and communities of the UK at even more risk.
At the main rallies I am informed the organisers were advising and even begging folk to adhere to social distance.
I have not attended any rallies as I knew that the government may use them as an excuse to shift blame from the huge number of expected deaths to come, as well as pushing the herd immunity agenga Boris has been forcing upon us against the medical health experts advice.
I am absolutely sympathetic and support BLM, I understand the demonstrations need to happen, but we need to ensure more deaths to the Covid pandemic are not caused by deliberately poor policing or deliberate herding of folks together.
I am saddened the demos were not peaceful, but I have been on the receiving end of police crowd control in the 80’s and being attacked by state condoned yobs wearing riot gear or mounted cavalry is no fun I can tell you.
So do not fall into the trap of believing all you are fed by establishment owned media, nor by those officers with a vested interest in discrediting the condemnation of systemic  racism within all bodies of power.
Blame will be forced upon the demonstrators and their cause, but in truth it is blame and anger that needs to be placed clearly at the feet of police and government.

BLM.

Jonesy.

BLACK LIVES MATTER ABSOLUTELY

OK I won’t condemn folks for the ‘all lives matter’ comments, because they do, but the issue is about people being judged by others due to skin colour, race, culture and even their accents.
Racism like any form of discrimination is oppression and nowadays very much diversion.
When I was a young child at what people thought was a fairly good all boys school, which I would argue against, we were taught imperialist history.
Every bit of our pasts was dominated with how Britain ‘civilised the world’ and how we continued to ‘save the world’ we all believed it. We had protected Jews and yes black people from racist fascists. We did not use the word black, if we were being polite it was ‘coloured’ or ‘blackies’ but there were far more derogatory terms which I wont go into, not because I am embarrassed but because I am ashamed at how those words were used by entertainers such as the foul Jim Davidson or Bernard fucking Manning, by politicians, by police officers, by teachers, neighbours and sadly I am sure even us.
In text books white women were always covered but black women were photographed naked with all on show.
I was brought up by very anti racist parents and I am still proud of them for that to this day.
My dad, though English was brought up in Australia and Papua New Guinea, he grew up post war and in an extremely white privillaged society.
I was brought up in Stockport near Manchester, it was predominately white and had a large National Front movement, but I was also lucky that I spent time in Burley, which was multicultural and diverse.
I was able to grow seeing the amazing qualities in people of all races and yes peoples failings too.
At 16 I joined Anti Fascist Action and Anti Nazi League to fight a world of fascism. We took direct action against companies continuing to support appartied and stood next to our fellow humans to fight the oppression they lived under.
In those days your name and postcode would decide your eligibility for a job, for a home, for finance, for a future. Guess what…. That has not changed.
I have worked all over the UK with different communities, and though police officers I worked with and yes sadly other social workers knew to be circumspect around me, when we were together their often blatant racism broke through their so called professional facade.
Many of the black workers would be pulled over if doing a visit in a ‘white’ area. Friends would be stopped and searched for no reason. People who have always lived in Britain were and sadly still are viewed with suspicion if they are walking in an affluent area. Not that it matters where they were born, all are human beings.
This has not changed. And if they kick up a fuss, report it or challenge racism they are accuse of using ‘the race card’ and dismissed and belittled.
People were and sadly still are ghettoised even in the UK, its not just America, and if you live in a predominately black or Asian area your choices and life chances are severely reduced. You often don’t have the choices in education, so getting a degree can be nigh on impossible. This has changed a little but is still sadly true.
Black areas as they are too often called or communities as the more politically correct and morally or as the right wing call them ‘snowflakes’ experience far higher levels of poverty than the equivillant areas that are predominantly white.
Now I cannot pretend to know how being black, Asian or anything other than what is described as white feels. I have not been subject to racism, I have not grown up being oppressed due to skin colour, religion or even the clothes I wear. I am disabled though and know when I am that ill I need my crutches or wheelchair, I will not leave the house. I have been attacked verbally and yes physically due to my disabilities, however I can have days I dont need a stick, I don’t need a crutch and I don’t look disabled. These are the days I choose to go out, these are the days where I am not discounted by officials including police officers. My disabilities opened my eyes even wider to the effects of discrimination, and how the media, education and sadly society disenfranchises people, use differences not to celebrate divergence and enrich lives, but to divert blame from the real threats to us, the true opponents of us living happy lives, and that is not black folk.
All oppression is vile, its called oppression because it oppresses and keeps people down. Yes all lives matter, but when a system has already judged you before you even take your first breath, when a government or even a police officer can take your life without being held to account, when the people in charge can dress up in white sheets or hide behind some nationalistic sentiment to discredit your right to breathe, then you have a right to scream at the tip of your voice that you life does matter.
So yes ‘black lives matter’, if you can’t see why that slogan is important then you have your eyes firmly closed and need to open them quickly.
You are next.

6th June 1944

He looked into the face of the teenager sat next to him. He saw terror but determination too. Even pride.
The order was given and they climbed down the swaying nets into the cramped confines of the heaving craft.
They now jumped every time the big guns of the cruisers and battleships blasted out their heavy shells towards the all too distant shore.
He felt ashamed as tears welled and then ran freely down his face, mixing with the sweat to drip onto his battledress, but as he looked at the faces of those boys who had over the last two years become more family than friends he realised he was not alone.
Up until now the only dead bodies he had seen were on the news reels in the cinema local to the camp. He knew folk in the cities were being killed still, by bombs but he had never lived in a city.
The noise was now overwhelming yet it was the sound of his own breathing that deafened him.
He could not see over the sides of the landing craft but every second he could see flashes, splashes then smoke marking the deaths of other boys in his battalion.
The craft shuddered then stopped so abruptly they all were flung forward. The massive ramp fell into the sea, causing waves to break as it did so.
Already he could hear the twang and thuds of bullets hitting the frame of the craft, as the German defenders desperately attempted to stop the huge swathes of olive freen figures making their bloody way up the moonscaped beach.
He felt something splash on his cheek and automatically let his left hand loosen it’s immense grip on the rifle barrel to reach for it. His eyes barely focusing on the red gelly on his fingers. He looked to the side and saw Eddy his best friend drop to the deck with an face now bereft of eyes.
He swallowed the bile that filled his mouth. He dropped his feet into the water and waded towards the beach.
Countless explosions and then long strings of tracer marked his way.
He had never felt this scared but he moved forward because he knew he must.
Then nothing.
It was three days before his body was fished out of the sea. His belly and face bloated as if some character off a jovial seaside post card, only there was no smile, no teeth to smile with. It was easy to identify him with the brown dics around his neck. Name, rank and serial number.
Another number to be recorded. His body handed down the line to be buried with so many others.
It took three weeks for the telegram to arrive. His mother, father and 12yr old brother’s lives would never be the same. The hurt they now felt would never leave them. In time they would be at least able to breathe when they remembered his face.
They were lucky. They did not have to remember the pallid blue skin, the look of sheer terror in his eyes. All they had to remember was a crinkled piece of paper with OHMS POST OFFICE TELEGRAM upon it. And the words ‘We regret to inform you’ burnt into their memories for evermore.
Remember the morning of the sixth of June 1944, as so many were never able to forget.

Jonesy

Betrayal of the people

As some of you may know, I came up with an idea for a group of motorcycle riders to help get PPE out to those in need. As of last week we have distributed 1.7 million pieces (oh and no we don’t count a pair of gloves as 2 pieces unlike HMG) and covered over a hundred and seventy thousand miles. All in 1 month. We now have 3,000+ members.
To achieve this we have an admin team, a team of coordinators who source those making the PPE and those in need. Transport coordinators then put up the size of packages, route and ask for riders. The riders then volunteer, paying their own fuel costs and giving their time freely. There is no cost for our service. We do not buy or sell. Everything is free at source. The manufacturers may be big firms or someone in their own home sewing or printing. Some crowd fund material costs but nobody profits.
We supply o the NHS, care homes and any and all front line workers or vulnerable people.
We are nationwide in mainland UK, happily covering every city town or even remote village or house.
We have watched the daily lies of government ministers aghast at the blatant untruths.
Every day they herald themselves, praising how they have ensured PPE has got out to all in need. The requests we receive however give a completely different story.
I personally have had front line nurses in Covid infected wards telling me in tears how they have no supplies of PPE or are having to share them. Nurses in care homes who have been assured there are no Covid infected residents, but then go on shift to find that was not true and even if there is PPE its locked away from the staff.
Stories of how NHS teams have lost members of staff and in turn staff have lost family members to COVID19 because PPE is not available.
We all have lost online friend but many of us have lost personal friends and sadly some family.
The needless loss of life is why I set up the riders group. I truly know the pain of losing a family member.

The reason for my anger is that throughout the month we have been running the group the government continue to do whatever they can to obstruct people manufacturing PPE.
Their latest method has scared many who manufacture to the point they have stopped producing it.
Their method is blatant bullying in the form of guidance. Now guidance is not law. It has not been subject to scrutiny or passed by Parliament. It’s advice, at best but in this case a steam of threats.
In the guidance they us words and phrases such as ‘may, can, should, could’ now if this guidance had legal framework, in other words was law the words used would be ‘must, will, and duty to’. It does not.
The guidance suggests that the producers of PPE could be sued for their efforts, where in reality any prosecution criminally or civilly would be nigh on impossible.
Before prosecition was even a possibility there would need to be proof of who produced the product. Now given there are no serial numbers that would in itself likely be impossible. Then the HSE would have to prove the equipment was sub standard and unfit for purpose, I would confirm that the equipment we have delivered appears to be beyond the quality expected by the BS or Kite Mark Scheme. Many of the manufacturers have either used government patterns or improved upon them.
So then proof of intent or of the disregard to safety would need to be shown.
Now we could ask why don’t the producers just apply for a kite mark, the simple answer is cost. These folk are mostly on low incomes producing at home on printers or sewing machines they have bought to do the job. Their bills go up due to electricity use, the materials cost has doubled and even tripled, such as in the case of simple elastic for masks. Many have already put themselves into deby to achieve the reduction of risk to so many.
People proudly talk of the blitz spirit, well this is it in action today, yet it seems our enemy is Her Majesty’s Government.
If we look at how many folk one piece of PPE can save, the person wearing it, the person they interact with,. Both people’s families and colleagues, it soon ads up. 1.7 million free items equatates possibly to reducing the risk to 17 million folk.
Now that is Blitz Spirit. Sadly the bombs we have to survive are on 2 fronts. One the virus and 2 our own government.
Thanks for reading.
Jonesy.

#PPE #VolunteerRidersUK #PPEdistribution

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We are a national group of riders distributing free PPE across mainland UK.
It’s non political. We are about helping those on the front line caring and keep us all safe, those in the NHS and all the folks in key roles.
We source those making it and get it to the folk who need it.
We pay our own fuel costs and our tech and admin team most of whom are dissbled have covered the cost of any software ourselves.
We don’t ask for money just time.
We use bikes, trikes, cars, vans, wagons and now now even have the use of a jet plane.
We started this venture from an idea I had, 10 days ago and now have 1.3 thousand members.
Feel free to join or let us know if you can either sew masks and scrubs or make face shields. All rides welcome.
Thanks
Jonesy