National Pride

National pride in the UK today or indeed the past is ridiculous. We are a laughing stock throughout the world. The British establishment has forever treated all it sees as lesser, the poor, sick, other cultures, races and nations with arrogant contempt. They still see themselves as the leaders of a modern Rome, as demi gods to the rest of the populace.
The Britain of the films and your 70’s/80’s/90’s school history lessons never existed. The British people do have a strength of character when needed. Most people are polite and care about their friends and families. The majority still would help any stranger in a crisis. But we are not a kind nation. We are and for thousands of years, way beyond any humans lifespan, so always have been made up of different races, cultures and beliefs. Britain was never really the ‘white, Christian bastion’ we were led to believe in school or the media, and boy am I glad we weren’t.
Sadly in the late 40’s and fifties the Establishment began to house the workers from the West Indies in Ghetto’s. Place them in the more run down parts of our industrial cities. These were men and their families that Enoch Powell and his cronies transported to Britain to fill the workforce gaps caused by the killing of so many men in world war 2.
Now remember up until this mass immigration women were working alongside men in industry, in business and were gaining recognition and rights at what for the Establishment (male dominated) was an alarming rate. This was not acceptable to Enoch and his masters. So instead they brought over migrant workers from our Empire (remember we ruled the Empire with sword and gun as ‘Saviours to the Savages’ and ‘Civilising the uncivilised’ – the common believe and supposed morality of the day), these workers were brought over with the promise of great wealth, housing and equality. That never happened. These human beings were treated as slaves, yes they were paid, but a fraction of the pay a white worker would receive for the same role. They were paid less than the women, who they replaced, and who were already being paid far less than the men, and as for equality? They were treated with contempt by those they worked for and sadly even those they worked with.
Now remember even prior to this Britain was a multicultural society but was no stranger to ghettos. When industry meant farm workers moved into factories from the countryside to work in mills they were placed in getto’s. The Jewish populace were living in what were seen as ghetto’s. The poor always have been placed together out of sight of the wealthy.
So then technical advances in manufacturing meant we did not need as many workers, the queen inherited the throne and after the publicising of images of concentration and death camps (a British idea used prior to WWII throughout the Empire but especially in the Crimea) it was decided that the idea of Empire being ruled by threats and violence was no longer one that would be tolerated. Ghandi was the popular freedom fighter and his non violent protests were something the British Establishment had no understanding of and could not counter. This was the real reason Queen Liz announced an end to the Empire and a new age of ‘Commonwealth’, a sort of EU but made up of states and countries we had conquered. And Liz got to remain head of state of those countries too for the most part.
Then in the 1970’s the Establishment (those with the real power and money, including Queen Liz and her hangers on) realise that firstly the West Indian and African workers are not only earning real wages because their ‘bosses’ value them but are now doing jobs they thought only the ‘white workers’ capable of. This scared Enoch, for he truly believed the white man was at the top, and that he and his class were at the top of them. So what he then did, the man that encouraged and cajoled the mass migration, was spout the hate filled rivers of blood speech. He realised he couldn’t force these folk with their kids now being born, raised and educated to go back to whence they came, he knew many had formed friendships with his ‘white countrymen’ so he now sought to demonise them. Cause rifts and hoped this would bring about them leaving Britain. It did not work. It did inflame bigotry and feed racism, but these men although were living in ghettos were working alongside the white workers, they were members of the unions, they had support. They were not forced out. The ghetto’s do still exist within inner cities but that has been slowly changing. We who fight against hate have been making a difference to attitudes. Youth culture has embraced black music and fashion from jazz, to reggae and now rap and hip hop, people do not generally fear folk due to the colour of their skin (yes sadly still many do). Now still in the late 60’s & 70’s the Establishment realised that closer ties with Europe meant more opportunity to make money for them. So the ‘common market’ was born. This was only ever really to boost Britain’s dwindling trade and open borders for import and export, from its inception it was a capitalist venture. What is Capitalism, its is purely profiteering from those poorer than yourselves. Making the rich richer. Capitalism is finite, it can only exist so long, until the rich own everything. It is monopoly on a world scale, where the bankers always cheat (and don’t we know that). Then comes the 80’s, Thatcher an nasty product of capitalism, who married into the Establishment, realised by breaking the unions she could then remove the rights of the migrant workers even further but also profiteer from removing the rights of all workers. The miners strike and other industrial disputes were forced by the Establishment deliberately sparking them off. The police and yes if you consider Orgreve were drafted in to quell demonstrations by brutality and force. This response had not been used since the days of Peterloo. The media already was controlled by the wealthy, and rags like the Sun fully bought in to her wickedness. When people seemed to begin to see through her tactics and communities started standing together sher distracted a nation by a fabricated war thousands of miles away. A war she could have prevented months earlier but instead cost human lives.
This is not conspiracy theory, it is sadly very much the truth, though often hidden by jingoism.
Thatchers policies destroyed not only unions but communities and families.
Out of sight though the EU was being born. The Establishment still believed it to be just a common market, but some very clever humane folk had been elected in from all the countries involved. These new politicians were almost ignored by the Establishment world wide. They were out of sight bringing in a new alliance. One with power to legislate for all the countries involved. Through this we ended up with the Working Time Directive, Workers rights, Driving hours, open borders, and yes human rights too. There was daft legislation such as straight cucumbers and shape of bananas but most was in place to protect us.
Then the unthinkable happened. The wall between Eastern Communist Europe and the west was torn down. Suddenly poorer nations were joining the EU. Their workers were now free to travel to Britain to work. This again made the Establishment happy because they could profiteer from an even cheaper workforce with no family ties to the UK. Someone else to exploit. But soon this backfired, because these workers were used to working together. They believed in family and community. They were paid less but worked longer. They only bought essentials here and sent money back to their home countries. The establishment could not deal with this. So now through a campaign of lies, propaganda, threats and deceit we are leaving the EU. The Tory’s (Political arm of the Establishment) first act was to announce an end to the Human Rights Act and then comes the Windrush scandal. Sending those families that came and settled in the UK back to the countries their forebears came from. Children born and raised in the UK as British citizens being forced to migrate to a country they have never known and have no ties to. If this was happening to you how would you feel?
So what diversions have the Tories used to distract us? Terrorism? Demonising Islam? They use terrorism as a weapon, inciting fear. Guess who arms these so called terrorists? The British Establishment.
There is far more to all of this, too much to write here without boring you all to death, but it is a truth, the truth as I understand it from years of working within different communities within the UK, of standing by my belief and morality, years of demonstrating, of being on the picket lines, of being a socialist.
So take away what you want from my words, but please think on it, decide upon your own truth and then act upon it.
We cannot afford to be bystanders anymore. Our children’s future depends on our actions now.
Jonesy Jones
Dog of Socialism

Profiteering in death

I won’t publish a photo of the effects of our selling weapons to Saudi or supporting Israel upon men, women, children and families.

Is the pic of planes more acceptable than the bodies of babies with their lungs ripped apart by bombs designed to set your organs on fire? Or 6yr olds with stumps for limbs? 10yr olds bled out from head injuries, 12 year olds weighing less than a two yr old in the UK due to malnutrition and starvation, with disease and poisoning thrown in. 16yr olds decapitated, 18yr olds burnt to death by phosphorous. That is reality in Yemen and Palestine tonight, yesterday and tomorrow.
I won’t post a pic of these as may offend your sensibility, so will paint the effects of any war, especially a one sided genocide as Yemen or Palestine with my words as my canvas.

You can close your eyes and see that father mourning the deaths of his wife, children and parents, whilst sitting covered in dust amid the rubble which is all that remains of his family home.

The mother cradling her dead baby as if it were still able to suckle from her wasted dried up and cracked teet, the lack of milk no longer a matter to the no longer living infant.

A family dog tearing at the flesh of its dead owner in desperation and hunger.

I could go on all night but never truly come close to the truly unimaginable horrors the victims of Saudi, of Israel, of the US & of yes us, the people of the UK, who allow our government to collude with those states engaged in genocide, to supply them arms, included weapons we are not supposed to use due to them being internationally outlawed, and to train and support their military, even in other regions invading their lands ourselves in the US alleged ‘war on terror’.

So as you sip you coffee tonight think of those dying in the name of greed, of power, of religion, of discrimination. Picture their faces, and remember we own their fate.

Jonesy

Dog of Socialism

Oppression into limbo

Mirror Politics (not our friends) are sharing a photo of an ex tory councillor who is claiming disability (well according to Mirror Politics) and been snapped carrying a folding table. My response to the comments on their post is thus:

Before you jump out of your chairs with ire on this, yep the fool is a Tory but you are not his doctor. I am not either. I do not know his medical history! I do know I have several chronic illness’ that mean most of the time I am in pain, am exhausted, cannot get out of house and yes would have difficulty washing hair. I then get a few (very few days) of respite where even I can to a degree almost forget I am ill. Still have pain but with effort can function as if not. On those days I do what I can to ‘live’ and yes shop (carry shopping in), sort my home out and if I can help others. I do not know this blokes situation, but to have a go without doing is beyond daft. Yep he is an arse for being a tory, but stop being judgemental for him being ill unless you truly know all the facts. And yes it is the tories that made being ill tantamount to being a criminal, but maybe this one has learnt a lesson in politics. Easy to criticise and jump on bandwagon but maybe think first?

The thing is I don’t care who the bloke is, demonising and judging someone without living in their shoes is at best unhelpful but in reality oppressive and not just perpetuating but encouraging the vilification of the most vulnerable in society.
The Tory establishment themselves are accomplished masters at this. The feed the public constant propaganda to do just that, with ‘Benefits Britain’ and that vile muppet Kyle!
People are ill and cannot work for many reasons. Chronic illness is often hidden, for me I have occasional better spells that mean folks see me as functioning, but then like of late being housebound and yes bed bound, unable to even cook or dress properly.
I hate not working, I want to be doing something productive. I did not give up the career I loved to wither away in this existence. I constantly strive to get back to what I do best, but cannot. In fact dare not even try, for if I fail I lose what little I have now. Because that is how the system works, (fails us).
Remember the government allows surveillance of this but not of abusers of children, not of fraudsters ripping us all off for millions in taxes.
The DWP discounts medical evidence every day and to be honest I think the courts are loaded against us. How do you explain to a judge sitting upon his ivory tower how your veins are filled with lava and ice at the same time. That one morning you can manage to stand to have a wee yet another you cannot even sit straight upon your toilet seat?
So please don’t judge someone off a picture. Whoever they are. Disability and illness cannot always be seen. People do genuinely want to do what they can when they can. And remember the main stream press not only collude with those wanting to oppress us all, but have to make mountains out of mole hills just to sell their pathetic words. This was not journalism, it was in my opinion unsubstantiated drivel.
Jonesy.

Depression, Hell’s control

We don’t control depression, it controls us. No one awakes and things ‘today I will be glum’, at least I don’t. Every night I go to bed, hope I can sleep and pray to the universe that tomorrow will be blue skies and no grey mist, no grey stone wall stretching to the sky, no angst at feeling isolated, no fear of answering the door. I wish with all my heart that tomorrow brings a day of getting dressed, leaving my cell (bungalow) and living just a little.

I can lay here in my bed and describe how my depression and anxiety effects me, but yours may well be different, and if you are really lucky you may never have to experience it.

Depression is not feeling sad, its not just feeling a bit down, yes you often feel sad without knowing why, even crying at a pain that is bore from apathetic frustration (yes I realise that a contradiction, but so is depression).

The knowledge that the despair you really feel is often completely invisible to others. The fear that only you realise how close you constantly are to finding a permanent way out. For me only parenthood has prevented this option, thus far.

The acceptance that in reality your life, existence seems to count for little. The tears welling up when all you want to do is appear strong and ‘normal’ (if there is such a thing) to others.

Even a critical look or comment being enough to allow panic to overwhelm you.

Your vision becoming a mask of sepia, a landscape of morbid grey, brown and nicotine yellow. Dark shadows coming to represent the people around you.

My depression halts me, it is a wall that prevents any thought of escape. Any path to a brighter future seems blocked with impenetrable bracken.

Effort is insurmountable. Apathy takes over all, and movement becomes an effort. The outside world fails to exist.

Then i tread water, desperate to seek a method to escape but knowing I cannot, will not make the effort. Time stops, becomes as irrelevant as I now feel.

If I can be bothered to focus my eyes, then all I see is a clutter I have no desire to engage with.

I drown.

I may sooner or later awake from the limbo, but even when things seem brighter I am still aware, still know some catalyst or other can at any moment sweep the greenery and light away, for me to hurtle back into that canyon. Not of horror, for horror takes emotion, of nothingness, of no joy, no happiness, no hope, just loneliness and despondency.

This is a description of my depressive hell, but I am sure there are others, and that for some they are far worse.

I do escape mine regularly. Others don’t come back to tell of theirs

Jonesy.

14 million in poverty

14 million in poverty in the UK according to the Metro (right wing rag) so likely far more. That is roughly a quarter of our population who have to sacrifice all choice just to eat, keep warm and have a roof. Many not even achieving these basic needs.
We see folks living on the streets but it is also as bad for many people that cannot pay their bills, are in debt to loan sharks (all doorstep and payday loan companies are these), with the courts supporting the corruption of these businesses.
If you have never been scared to look out the window, answer the phone, read your mail, never jumped with fear at a knock at the door, had to go without food so your child or children can have a meal every day, then likely you will not understand.
If you have never had to refuse to pop to a friends for coffee because you cannot afford to buy milk if they decide to pop in to see you, how can you get the real meaning of poverty.
When retro is not a trend but is pulling basic soiled furniture out of wet skips just so you can sit down in your privately rented slum.
Where the government changing the benefits system, or an over zealous council workers actions suspend your benefits and put you in a position where your dodgy landlord gets people round to threaten or yes even harm you, then you have to go to ‘Greenwoods’ or the like and beg their agent to lend you enough to pay him/her off, with a huge commission.
If you have never set foot in a food bank you are indeed lucky they leave you with no self respect, not because of the attitudes of the often lovely volunteers, but because of your own belief and values, taught you from an early age by a morally corrupt capitalist society.
Ah but its ‘austerity’. We all need to sacrifice don’t we? Well we seem to have to, but what of the bankers, those who’s gambling put us in this apparent mess? The share holders of the banks, you know, the ones we had to ‘bail out’, the reason for austerity? The multi national companies that avoid tax and are ignored by HMRC? The government department that fines you if you are late with a return or stops your tax credits because each week you have to work more or less hours on your zero hours contract?
Poverty is not a choice for those suffering and living with it. Poverty is a choice for government, for the establishment. 14 million living in poverty is not acceptable in this world, a world where if the top one percent shared their wealth no one would live in poverty and there would be no deaths due to starvation and famine.
Capitalism is not a good system. It is based on greed and corruption. It means there will always be families and individuals that suffer and die through abject poverty. It means that only the truly materialistic wealthy can live without fear of destitution.
Even if you have never experienced poverty, most of you are only at most a months pay from it. The safety net you believe is there for you, in the event of you losing your job will be pulled away once you need it. Universal credit means you get no money for around ten weeks in practice, then your claim can be suspended for no good reason. That is today’s reality. So many may not experience the reality of not heating your home as temperatures drop. Of not being able to afford that kebab after a night out with your mates, of not being able to go out at all because you cannot afford a half.
Some may believe you lived like that as a student so understand. Sadly unlike student life, it is the only future 14 million can see.
And given all that remember such hopelessness also brings on illness, physical through malnutrition and poor diet, lack of exercise due to feeling imprisoned in your home, low immunity again through diet, but also mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, paranoia and worse.
When you live in poverty you become a prisoner in so many ways. You lose your self worth and feel you are only a drain upon society, that in turn feeds guilt, which builds to in way too many instances a belief you are valueless and do not deserve to live. I wish this was overstating things but sadly it is not. People die in many ways through poverty. Those that do not, often only exist. Very few live. Money is not everything? No, but the lack of it kills!
So next time you watch the royals dressing up for some pompous wedding and go aaaahhh at her dress, think on how many are suffering so these people can live in such opulence. Next time you smile at some heartless quip by the vile Lord saccharin remember the families he oppresses and keeps living in squalor. Remember he laughs at you every time he fails to pay his dues to our country.
14 million in poverty is not just a number, its lives, its kids going without basic needs, its people crying throughout the night because they see no way out, its overdoses! Bullying, hangings, cutting, its despair, its hardship its……..unforgivable, cruel and vile.
That is 14 million in poverty and that is just here in the UK. In many places fare worse.
Think on it.
Jonesy (thejonesy)
Dog of Socialism.
#Poverty #despair

Anti-

I am not Jewish I admit, I am not Christian or Muslim or Hindu. I identify with no religion. I am a socialist and a human being. I do not know the religious belief or heritage of any of my friends or comrades unless they choose to tell me. I have been an anti fascist and anti racist my entire life and my views and actions were and are informed by many historical atrocities, but by far the horror those of the Jewish faith and culture, that had to endure the horrors of National Socialist Europe.
I have been a Labour supporter and member since being 13 in 1980. I had various reasons for joining Labour including wanting a fairer Britain and world but also because the Party stands against discrimination.
In my time supporting Labour I have listened to members telling racist jokes, which I absolutely challenged, hold racist or fascist views that again I challenge, some focusing upon colour, gender, sexuality, race, belief and ability, and yes some of that has been focused upon Jews, but also on Muslim’s, Indians, Africans, Germans, French, Sikhs, Catholics, Disabled, Irish, Italian, Welsh, Scottish, and even just folk that are poor. None of this is acceptable in any way. Humour is not an excuse for discrimination, especially when we as a party have and continue to strive towards a hate free society of fairness and equality.
Equally I cannot stand by and watch idly any country or state oppress, murder, maim, injure and discriminate against others because of expansionism and imperialist land grabbing. I will not let any country or state do this for racist, fascist, or even historical feuding reasons and stand silent for the fear of myself being branded fascist or racist due to the main culture and religion of that state previously being subjected to and being made to endure horrors themselves. The saying ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’ is so true.
Using the plight of their forebears to defend their own martial and horrific actions is not acceptable or moral. A valid criticism of Israel is not antisemitic nor anti Jewish. It is not racist nor fascist, it is standing up against genocide, murder and occupation. If and when any country invades, attacks, shoots, bombs and kills human beings because they want their land, disagree with their culture and/or faith, for profiteering, mineral deposits, strategic position, or any other reason bar humanitarian (and then only if backed by the majority of the global international community for moral and ethical reasoning), I will stand against them. I will voice my views, and if I am threatened and called for doing so then so be it.
I will not ever remain silent against wrong doing and persecution. I am not racist. I am not antisemitic. I do not see the Jewish faith and its followers as my foes. I am a human being and treat other humans with compassion and respect until they prove themselves undeserving.
I will always fight oppression, whoever the oppressors may be. Being previously persecuted is no excuse to persecute others.
If a member of Labour or indeed any British citizen attacks you, calls you or insults you because of race or religion, or indeed for any form of discrimination, report it to the Party and Police. I and many others would always support this response. If I see it of you or anyone it is how I would respond. No one should feel oppressed for any reason. This is why I am fighting and striving for a better world.
I am a human. I am humane. I am socialist. I am Labour.
Jonesy Jones

Hospital for sale

For sale
The Royal Hospital Chesterfield. £1. Then all us patients will pay you for treatment. You only need to employ staff on zero hour contracts and minimum wage. When you have earned enough then we will buy it back from you for a few billion then we can sell it back to you for another quid. See a no brainer. #privatisation really works for the rich and corrupt.
#saveourNHS