Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"The best short stories in eternity"

The Stories from The Mirror of Eternity and from The SS Dagger brought together in one volume. Better value for money for the best short stories in eternity :)

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The other two books have therefore been "unpublished" to use the strange jargon of Amazon. I do not want someone buying both The SS Dagger and Stories from the Mirror of Eternity and then complaining "hang on I've already read some of these!"

"We are many, they are few. They have the tanks, what can we do?"

Two covers for the Miranda Revolution (book due out later this year)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Noble 524 - the charge of the armchair brigade.

524 is a comfortable parliamentary majority. They are comfortable to send people off to their deaths but are the noble 524 sending their own children off to die or other people's?

All the arms merchants will be rubbing their hands in glee at this disgraceful decision. Turning blood into cash is how they make their living.

Cameron and his canaille of millionaires imagine that this bloody war will help them to win an election as the Falklands helped the blessed Margaret Thatcher.

They have a "coalition of the willing" in the region including Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's rich elite are fighting a war against extreme religious persecution and a regime which beheads people. And I am the Queen of Sheba.

The role of the Labour Traitors is beneath contempt. And frankly who cares what the Liberal Democrats think any more?

We need a party of the working class.



The union Cameron does not want to keep

Just a little reminder in pictures


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NUT the next generation

NUT - TNG. I spent a couple of hours in Bognor today recruiting student-teachers. This is a good activity for a retired teacher and I can thoroughly recommend it. The next generation are questioners. They want to know which union is right for them and which union's policies accord with their view of education.
They are encouraged to join all the unions - it's free after all - and then make their minds up to join the NUT :)

The ATL were there and I talked to them about the time when we had a joint strike rally with ATL in Worthing. We are stronger together if we are taking action. The same goes for the NASUWT.

I had to be polite to "Voice" the artists formerly known as "PAT" the strike-breaking conspiracy. The first line of their leaflet was enough for a long discussion which I bit my lip and avoided.

It read, "The non-striking union in education. We believe in the power of negotiation, never resorting to industrial action."

The recent victory at Hove Park School involved the power of negotiation. And that power was backed up with strike action when appropriate. "Voice" can hardly claim to have been of the slightest use to that successful campaign.

The removal of Michael Gove was an example of the power of joint industrial action which it would be wise to remember. One minute Govey was saying "this strike will achieve nothing" and the next minute he was out on his ear.

To hold talks without being prepared to exercise your democratic right to strike is like negotiating with both hands tied behind you back. The employers will simply laugh at you.

The other problem with the "non-striking union" is that they boast of not being affiliated to the TUC. So they are not even a union. However on the plus side whenever the Daily Telegraph wants a quote from a union, they can be guaranteed to quote "Voice." That does not sound very independent to me

The students at Bognor will add to the strength of genuine trade unionism in the years to come.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hove Park victory. The struggle continues

I am a retired teacher. I was delighted to see the headline in the Argus "Hove Park says no to academy."
My children were all taught by qualified teachers. The academy programme is based on Mr Gove's theory that any Tom, Dick or Harriet can teach and cheap unqualified teachers are the way forward.
Our children deserve better.
I am glad that reason has triumphed at Hove Park.

The Argus is asking us to write in. The address is  letters@theargus.co.uk and the above is the letter I sent them. This is a very easy way to support our fellow teachers and costs nothing. This is a great victory. We need more victories :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Warmonger Blair

Military genius Tony Blair wants 'boots on the ground' in Syria according to today's "i" newspaper.   
Parachute him into Syria. He can talk ISIS to death.
Does he think people will forget that he bombed unarmed civilians in Iraq?
Does he think people will forget that he lied his ass off to persuade the Labour Party to abandon its commitment to peace and go to war against Iraq?
And as for his self-styled "faith foundation" it is obviously a faith in the father of lies, the Devil.
"Blessed are the warmakers" is what appears in Blair's sermon on the mount apparently.
May God forgive this lying hypocrite.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hold your nose and vote Labour?

I understand that people may vote Labour to get the Tories out. I just think we could do a lot better if the unions refused to fund candidates who support privatisation or cuts. That would rule out most of the Labour Party :-) #socialistreviews

Friday, September 19, 2014

Labour's actions in Scotland are a warning to workers in England and Wales

The Tories could not have organised the "no" campaign on their own. They needed stooges and lickspittles North of the border.

Step forward the Darling/Brown double-act. Without the Labour Traitors it is unlikely in the extreme that the Tories could have carried the day. Darling deserves a knighthood from the Tories. Brown, a peerage at least.

In the period leading up to the referendum the polls showed a big shift among Labour supporters to the "Yes" camp but the Labour Traitors pulled out all the stops to help the Tories to win.

The empty promises of constitutional reform will be drafted "by January 2015" and then there will be a general election. If anything is left of these pie-in-the-sky reforms by then it will not be worth the paper it is written on.

The only reason these wiseacres were even *talking* about pretending to give more powers to Scotland was because of the Yes campaign.

What they feared most of all was the simple fact that all the parties of capitalism - Lib Lab Con - (perhaps LIBLABCON will be the name under which they fight the next election) backed the "No" campaign. The Yes vote was a massive rejection of their perspective of cuts and more cuts.

The "no" result is a setback for workers in Britain as a whole. International solidarity does not recognise any borders. The policy of "austerity" is a sham. There is no "austerity" for millionaires like Cameron. There are just "tough choices" for the rest of us. The response must cross borders. Action from the unions, action from the TUC rather than fine words are what is required now.

The NSSN has forced the TUC to get off its knees before. It can do it again. Cameron and his Labour Traitor allies have won the battle. They must not win the war.