Friday, August 22, 2014

Fishing in troubled waters

The latest suggestion from Dannat - work with Assad against Isis. The Western Powers and the arms merchants are rubbing their hands with glee at the opportunity to bring more death and destruction to the Middle East. Oppose Assad, Support Assad. Toss a coin. Just make sure our profits benefit.
It is beyond satire and it isn't funny. Arming both sides in a conflict and then wringing their hands over carefully selected atrocities (the Israelis do not commit atrocities - not in Cameron's book anyway) these hypocrites still claim the moral high ground.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Skylight


Worthing is a town which has always re-elected Tory sunkets in the past and the worship of the blessed Saint Margaret Thatcher is widespread. It was a pleasant surprise therefore when the Connaught Studio was packed out for a performance of "Skylight" by David Hare.

The play is part of the National Theatre Live screening program whereby plays are broadcast throughout the country. David Hare sees this as an alternative to touring and made it a condition of putting the play on that it should be broadcast by the NT Live program.

In it Carey Mulligan plays a teacher and Bill Nighy as her former lover is the epitome of Thatcherism. The play cleverly weaves a love story, a comedy and a political statement around each other.

I will not give away the plot but David Hare commented during the interval that it was originally staged at the end of the Thatcher era in which those who work in the public services were denigrated and "we have just had four years of the same!"

Carey Mulligan has one final statement in which she says that teaching is about setting your own objectives, and celebrating them when you achieve them rather than following the daft objectives set by politicians who hate the public services. All teachers will recognise that.

It is well worth seeing if there is another NT "encore" performance in your area.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NHS campaign


NYE Bevan is head and shoulders above any of the career politicians in the Labour Party today. We have a health service to be proud of. We do not have a Labour Party anyone can be proud of.

The orgy of privatisation began with Blair's removal of Clause 4 from Labour's constitution.

They cannot be trusted.

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Jarrow Crusade to save the NHS

This weekend, a group of Mums from Darlington will begin a March from Jarrow to Parliament, to send a message of outrage at the attacks this Government are making to our National Health Service.
Over three weeks, joined by other campaigners on the way, they’ll march more than 300 miles – because they, like so many of us, believe that our NHS is precious, and that we have to fight for it.
This Tory-led Government wasted £3billion on a top-down reorganisation of the NHS that was opposed by patients and health professionals alike. And now we’re seeing the consequences.
That’s why we’re launching a new campaign today, to take back our NHS. Will you add your name?
http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/backthebill


This campaign is being backed by the pro-Labour "unionstogether" campaign. Labour have betrayed us again and again and again. The privatisation orgy of the Tories was started by New Labour. They have torn up all the principles of socialism and they can no more be relied on to defend the NHS than any other capitalist party.

We need campaigns like this. We also need an independent working-class voice in the election. We have to defend the NHS against the Tories, against the Liberals and against the Labour Traitors.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) founded by Bob Crow is a step in that direction.





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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Book reviews in less than 140 letters!

You must do this! You can help the Literacy Trust just by tweeting a book review - a very short one necessarily! - to ‪#‎flubitbooks‬ 
My example - How to Build a Girl Caitlin Moran. Alternately hilarious and moving insight into life on the breadline in Wolverhampton

http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/




Paras support wounded and widows

The local Parachute Regimental Association were out collecting money to help the wounded and the widows. I gave them a few pounds but shouldn't the government be looking after the wounded and the widows? And to pay for it perhaps the politicians could be forced to pass the hat round to pay for rubbish like Trident. I wonder how much they'd collect!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teenage Israeli soldiers deceived by Netanyahu's lies

Teenage Israeli soldiers on the news today, sitting in tanks, firing shells into civilian areas where they know they are mostly killing women and children. And they are laughing about it. Netanyahu responds to any criticisms of his lunacy by calling it "anti-semitism".

Monday, July 28, 2014

Everyday Fiction

Today I think Everyday Fiction is the best thing since sliced bread. Can anyone guess from this that they have just accepted a story from me. Look out family and friends I will be insisting you read it.

https://www.facebook.com/everydayfiction