VOLUNTEER RIDERS UK, protecting people, communities, families and you from Covid-19.
I set Volunteer Riders UK up in March 2020. It was an idea I had to distribute completely free PPE across the UK using motorcycles.
I began the project as a memorial to my brother Rob ‘Jonesy’ Jones who died in December 2019, due to a long and undiagnosed nor treated illness aged 35, I wanted to ensure as many families as possible never have to unnecessarily experience the very real and agonising pain of losing someone they love. .
Since then we have as bikers took PPE from Devon to Scotland, from Gt Yarmouth to Wales.
We have provided transport for manufacturers and sewing groups all over, even utilising a plane to deliver to an African country. Every piece we carry is completely free to the end user. We do no fundraising nor do we have sponsorship, we are running completely on the good will, time, transport and fuel of our riders, coordinators and drivers. The people making the PPE do so again free of charge to the end users, though they may get funding from other sources.
We are a completely cashless group.
We have been responsible for transporting most of the PPE from amazing groups such as NHS Heroes, For the love of scrubs (FTLOS) and locally to me Sheilagh’s Sewing Circle in Dronfield.
We work with manufacturers, sewers and have our riders all over mainland UK and occasionally have liaised with groups in Ireland.
The group has currently around 3,800 members, is non-political in any way, and is a credit to every member who by being a part of it has made this immense project so successful.
We believe currently we have delivered massively in excess of 6,000,000 pieces of free PPE from masks to complete scrub sets.
We have not as yet even begun to calculate the miles ridden.
We provide to front line professionals both in and out of the NHS, hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, schools, colleges, ambulance teams, community midwives, Covid recovery wards, Gt Ormand Street, along with giving them to vulnerable children, families and individuals.
Throughout the period we have been running it has been a huge learning curve and has displayed the best humanity has to offer.
So remember when you see that biker whether bearded, dripping in leather, covered in patches (like me) or wearing hi-viz like so many others, remember not only are they fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents or friends, but also likely are putting their all into keeping our families, friends, communities and country safe.
So when you want to clap a true hero just remember that hero may be closer than you think.
I am proud of each one of those trying to keep us all safe and call every member of VRUK brother, sister and forever my friends.
Jonesy VRUK founder.
So St Sir Kier of Starm (I was going to call him Sturm but then found that Sturm means noun. : a late 18th century German literary movement characterized by works containing rousing action and high emotionalism that often deal with the individual’s revolt against society. So in contrast to Starm which means puppet of the establishment and unofficial agent of Mossad), is it seems about to face a revolt after his vile behaviour towards Jeremy Corbyn.
Someone on a post earlier in a socialist group asked what the left in Labour are going to do, the thing is Labour is supposed to be bloody ‘left’, it is supposed to be in opposition to the Conservatives – the ‘right’ (as in direction not morality).
Starmer is not a left wing politician, he and his ilk are careerist right wing (center right at best) representatives of those who wish the status quo of the poor remaining poor and the rich getting richer.
If there is no one in the gutter how can they judge how high their platforms are?
Prince Phillip let it slip a couple of years ago when he stated that he wished a virus would wipe out half the world (not a direct quote but near enough). The rich, wealthy and super rich do not value our lives. They do not respect our rights, just because they smile when stabbing you does not make their tyranny any less.
It’s easy to lie, to use fake news, propaganda, and cover your own corruption, deviance and atrocities when you own the press and media. It’s easy to convince the masses that you are on their side it seems by saying you like their music, support their football club, drive a car they love or ride a pushbike.
Politics truly now is smoke and mirrors, a deception that makes the majority believe we live in a democracy. Sadly we do not.
There will never be a time that we are permitted or allowed to have a free honest vote on anyone who is not owned by those in charge.
Starmer, Rayner, Mann, Watson, Hodge, Brown or any of the long line of sabateurs have I believe been bribed, cohersed, romanced not just by our establishment but by foreign governments and powers. They do not in any way represent the membership, the National Exec, the Party or the people.
I cannot see any simple way out of this disgusting reality that doesn’t involve us being suppressed by force or living under their rules of compliance.
It really to me is that simple.
So yes it would be good if Starmer was sacked, challenged and replaced, but we need to Learn our lesson, the powers in control will never allow an honest moral leader and cabinet run the UK.
Fractionalised parties will never gain power. The only chance of change is a ‘Labour Movement’ that sheds blood sweat and tears as our forebears did with the start of the unions and civil rights.
If you want a fair, non discriminatory and caring future of hope for our children, we are going to have to stand up and fight.
Let’s be fucking clear, no one would fake chronic illness or disability to live on benefits and be VILLIFIED by society. Get a fucking grip with your pathetic ‘scroungers’ rhetoric. I would hapilly swap my pain with any knob head if it meant regaining my self worth, self respect, health, career and be able to walk in the countryside, climb the mountains, hike the peaks, swim, camp, canoe and dream.
I will give you my illnesses if it means I can regain hope.
So wake the fuck up. People living on benefits are not scroungers, they are not putting it on, they are not faking it. And before you say…. But I know….. Ask yourself are you their fucking doctor, their consultant, their specialist. Do you clean up their faeces, their vomit, help them dress, keep them from taking their lives due to despair?
Do you see them on the bad days, know the pain they fight through to appear ‘normal’?
Have you understanding of fear of being judged, watched, called, criminalised for daring to have odd days you cope with your constant pain?
Do you realise that illness and disability mean you can’t plan even today, nevermind tomorrow or next week. You lose friends due to being unreliable. You lose relationships if you dare to show your weakness.
Do you have a clue the damage the meds that keep you alive do to your body, loss of teeth, hair, libido, sensation, motivation or joy.
Do you even now with lockdown truly get what isolation really means, what social anxiety it, how brain fog confuses, disempowers and makes you feel like you dare not speak?
How being unable to do the most basic excersise and the drugs you take pile weight on so you live in a constant catch 22 life.
How every day you are at risk of taking too many or too less meds, where you fight each minute not to kill yourself, despite having planned and readied the tools needed to take your life?
Do you understand how a simple thing, a look, a word, a smell, a place, a Xmas decoration can trigger, causing panic or despair?
Sadly unless you live it, experience it you will never understand it. Why sadly? Because without understanding it or having empathy towatds those living it you will no doubt continue to judge us, to attack us, to reduce us to in your mind sub human scum.
Well we ain’t, we are as entitled to respect as you, we are as valuable to this world, this society, our communities and families as you.
Our lives matter as much as yours, just sadly so many of you fail to see that.
So before you do judge us take a moment and realise it’s you that is the arsehole not the person you seek to bully and put down.
We don’t ask for pity just the respect we all as humans deserve.
The chronically ill and disabled are true warriors and each day may be our final battle.
Sorry folks we cannot take back the labour party. The establishment learnt their lesson. So now we need to unite outside of it. Bring all the factionalised groups together, we are the ‘Labour Movement’ we are the true supporters of what the Labour Party was supposed to represent.
We need to see it as a football team. When it started out it was represented by players from the local communities, it’s supporters were local to the team. But the league got bought out by big business, and now the players do not represent the towns, cities or communities, the players don’t play for passion they play for money, the supporters are mainly those who are only about who wins the league, who have the best kits and no longer about the people who supported them in the beginning.
This cannot carry on. Politicians need to be passionate about the people they represent. The whole point of an MP should be to represent their communities and. Protect and promote the people within them.
This is now generally lost within the Labour Party. Now it’s about furthering careers, awards, shares and directorships. It about the rewards they can squeeze out of companies, of oligarchs and even foreign governments.
We need to stop this type of politics right now.
We on the left generally believe in the same things, in people, in communities, in morality, in ethics. We strave to be antidiscrimiatory and to stand against hate, bigotry and greed.
We as socialists do not accept cruelty, expansionism, profiteering nor corruption.
It’s that simple.
We can no longer allow the right wing, the capitalists, the establishment, corporations and the super rich to undermine, control or own us. We are not chaff, we are not expendable and each one of us needs to be cherished and supported by society not villified and treated with cruelty and disdain.
So our choices now truly are unite and fight, or divide and fail. Sadly for the vulnerable, the ill, the disabled it now is a fight to the death. The establishment already in countless ways have demonstrated their intent to make life so difficult for these folk to continue, to survive never mind have any chance at a happy life where needs are met and they feel nurtured and cared for.
We now make the decisions or sadly for some we die.
We are Labour, it’s the Labour Party who no longer are.
Beyond fed up of police bullying, incompetence & corruption, government bullying, incompetence & corruption, of media bullying, incompetence & corruption, of British Societies bullying, incompetence & corruption.
This is not the country our forebears fought and died for, nor the one we worked and fought for. It is not the country our children deserve. We have let down our generation and all those to come. There can be no excuse. We haven’t even ‘just been following orders’ for we have just been following the propaganda, lies, misinformation and fake news we have been fed. Because of that we lost our safety net, you know the one that we pay tax & national insurance for, our health services, the one we pay tax & national insurance for, our freedoms that we were born with, our rights that were won with blood and lives by those who came before us.
We should all recognise our blame, see our betrayal of our kids, our families, our friends and our communities.
To me we are well beyond a political or democratic solution, but we have been trapped into a reality with nare any viable option.
We are not only now pretty much powerless, we no legal nor bureaucratic recourse, we are meaningless and valueless to those in power. Our lives, never mind opinions mean nought to what are in effect our masters.
We have allowed a fascist government to engulf the UK, with their only true gods being those of greed and cruelty.
If we do not find a way to rid them and their own masters we, our children and grandchildren have no hope nor optimism of a bright and safe future.
We have in effect condemned our kids to a life of cattle, to be herded and harvested at whim.
Are you proud of our legacy? I am not.
Just for your info, me along with several thousand other folk have since early in this pandemic been trying to save the lives of front line staff, the disabled, nurses, doctors, teachers, children, chronically ill, carers, the elderly and all those people that matter to you.
We have not done this for profit, not even for cost or expenses, we have done it totally free because people have rallied to put others first.
So forgive me if I find your anti-mask, anti social distancing, conspiracy theories beyond mildly offensive.
I base my knowledge upon actions, upon talking to professionals, upon steering front line and hospital staff away from suicidal thoughts because of the pressure they are under.
Yes mistakes are made daily, usually by those putting profit before people. Yes the government have failed the people due to their corrupt and inept dealing. Yes the Conservatives have manipulated facts and used the pandemic as an excuse to strip our rights and asset strip our country, but Covid19 is real, it is on the rise and it is killing folk. All your not using common sense will achieve, is increasing the risks to yourselves, your families, your friends, your colleagues and your communities.
So yes question every decision the government makes, sift out the pathetic profiteering from their actions but use your brains.
Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and keep everyone safe.
And please don’t tell me masks don’t help, they are I admit not a HASMAT suit, but try spraying water through one, then the same amount of watrr without one. Given C19 is passed through droplets it’s kinda a nobrainer.
I fear I have lost the friendship and respect from a few people of late. I apologise if you are one.
My reality is that I have no idea of the truth behind Covid, but I know people are dying from it. I know those who survive often do so with long term illness or conditions as a result.
I also know that a simple mask is not the equivalent of a HASMAT or NBC suit, however I also know that anything over your mouth has a restrictive effect upon what comes out through breathing or a sneeze. It may not stop infections being released but it does reduce the distance and alter direction. Three layer masks can reduce it significantly.
I am also aware that now lockdown is to an extent locking the stable door. I know it has a huge adverse effect upon emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.
I know I believe a further lockdown will result in mortality rates rising through suicide.
I also know that curfew has no valid reason in fighting infection, and if anything actually heightens risk.
I do think there needs to be further restrictions but sensible ones. Seperating family and close friends will not help, but closing schools, universities and non essential workplaces will.
If you look at the regs for pubs currently they are ridiculous, you wear a mask until your seated but then you don’t have to, does C19 only infect those stood?
In warehouses I am told social distancing does not and cannot be adhered to, this is supported by the rates of infection in Amazon Warehouses. Google it.
Sadly we have an inherently inept, cruel, greedy and corrupt government, headed up by an incompetent arse.
This government cares nothing for you. If you are over 50 or have chronic health conditions their default setting is you will not be resuscitated if your body shuts down, whatever the cause.
If the Primate minister had reacted early on by lockdown, by isolating the UK from flights from infected areas, by a proper quarentine, by following the medical advice and not Cummings’ financial and fascist agenda we would be in a far better position now.
We do not matter to the Ape Johnson, or his cronies (parents included) because their investments, now they have stripped the UK are abroad, so their is little profit for them in the UK. They only remain because they are intent on wringing every last drop from us.
We are not cost effective as people hence the DNR placed on the ill, elderly and disabled.
Covid19 is not Flu. It is not benign, it is extremely malevolent and malignant. It does kill, it does maim, it will mutate, as it has already and continues to do so. The most dangerous period with any infection is winter.
So when I say I expect folk to wear masks I bloody well do. But I am not naive, I know the chump and his band of merry arseholes are using the pandemic to bring in their own agenda, I am aware their Bible seems to be Mein Kampf, that they are openly fascist and controlling, that they are using it to strip our rights.
So please understand I take the pandemic seriously, I have from the outset, I know it kills, but I also understand why people are confused, suspicious and angry. Because we all are.
I base my view on experience, on loss, on talking nurses and hospital staff down from suicidal thoughts due to the pressure they are under, from being there for my friends who are not coping, from still not being able to properly comfort my grieving parents or for them to comfort me.
On this vile journey the world is currently on I have lost close family to obstanacy, to anger, to emotion, I have fatally lost friends to accidents, chronic health issues and yes C19, I have at times lost not just me, but the ability to see a way forward, lost hope! But hope can return, as can normality, we just need to work together, use common sense and help others stay safe, even if we don’t care about ourselves.
We are, we the people, not the politicians, in this together. It will be us that live or die through our own actions, and the more we act rashly the more excuse we give them for stealing our rights and ultimately bringing in a martial regime.
We watch films like alien and think some space monster would be scary, but in reality sadly too many humans are far more cruel, wicked and terrifying than any demon could be.
We my friends as a species are the true horror stories that any alien world would make their horror movies about.
We allow cruelty to all earth’s inhabitants, including other humans, and even other family members.
We have no respect for anything on our planet, and belittle and criminalise those who do.
We pretend to worship kind deities yet truly only give our souls to greed and power.
We gladly allow the vulnerable of our planet, the forests, the oceans, the animals, and human disabled, weak, and poor to be killed off, to be left in disgraceful conditions, to be murdered in the name of fashion, profit and corruption.
This is what human ‘nature’ appears to be at this moment in history.
However there are some of these apex predators that give hope, those of us with compassion, morality, care, who want to love our planet, its inhabitants, even you.
Maybe you are one of these magical souls. I hope so.
Money is not a morality, power over others is not essential, violence is not an answer, the only way we as a species, get to save our world, to protect its residents, to keep our families safe, is to realise that we need a huge change. We need to take the power from the greedy, the corrupt, the violent, the war mongers, and set our planet on a new path, one of caring, love, understanding, ecology, forgiveness, a new fairer world, where people, animals, fauna, the seas, the atmosphere are put before profit.
Until we make this change earth is on a path to damnation, one worse than any biblical cataclysm.
We make these choices now, for our children and our world, or we do not make them at all. Any delay now will be too late.
Will you sentence all you care about to fall into the abyss? I won’t.