Archives for posts with tag: Nigel Farage

09_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,488

Saturday 09 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What the EU referendum and the Chilcot report have brought into the spotlight is something that has been glaringly obvious for a very long time, we can no longer afford or tolerate the lack, indeed the absence, of government accountability.

Aside from banking and the financial markets, witness the 2008 financial crisis and post Brexit behaviour, no other form of employment enjoys such complete protection from being held accountable for policies and decisions which affect vast numbers of people at such great personal cost.

No one should be above the law and given that we are, in reality, not all equal before the law, the current situation needs turning on its head. Currently, those with the least have the least protection in law, whilst those with the most have the most protection.

There is no justice as long as a 23-year-old can be jailed for six months for stealing £3.50 worth of water bottles from a supermarket during the 2011 riots whilst not a single banker has been prosecuted for the financial crisis.

You made an election pledge in 2010 that there would be no more top down reorganisations of the NHS, yet the The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ‘Abolished the Secretary of State for Health’s ‘duty to provide’ a national health service throughout England’. That act of social vandalism effectively spelled the end of the NHS which has been stealthily and deceitfully pursued ever since.

Currently, Britain is a rudderless ship, you have washed your hands of Britain following the vote to leave the EU and the three most prominent Brexiteers, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage, have all walked away following their campaigns of deceit. I also note that Priti Patel has crawled under a stone and is keeping damned quiet. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has mocked their behaviour and accused them of abandoning ship, as he put it, “I would have thought that they would have had a plan. Instead of developing a plan they are leaving the boat.” Not forgetting that you had no plan for such an eventuality either.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm could have been written for Britain today – ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’. It was no accidental flight of writers fancy that this was said by a bunch of greedy self serving pigs.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/aug/15/riots-magistrates-sentencing

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-camerons-broken-promises/20429

The Health and Social Care Act 2012

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/02/doctors-bemoan-nhs-privatisation-by-stealth

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/14/priti-patel-struggles-to-explain-how-uk-would-spend-cash-not-sent-to-eu

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/eu-chief-juncker-slams-resigning-brexiteers/news-story/ba7a67decaa7daabe53eedaad4f277fd

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04_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,483

Monday 04 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There has been a great deal of media coverage of the alleged rise of right wing extremism, and certainly Nigel Farage was triumphant about nationalism. “We have done it without a bullet being fired,” he trumpeted, a heinous insult to the memory and family of Jo Cox.

Britain is certainly in turmoil, not least from 6 years of imposed austerity and relentless fear mongering and manufactured division from politicians and the media alike and if people are angry, they have good reason to be with the most divisive, right wing, god awful government in our history.

If we look beyond the news and all the lies and spin, however, something very different is going on. The latest news from the Trussell Trust is that they now have a network of 424 foodbanks and in 2015/16 they saw a  2% increase in foodbank use, handing out 1,109,309 three-day emergency packages to people living below the bread line. What that means in real terms is that whilst those suffering under your brutal austerity are still on the increase, so too are the number of people who are donating more food than ever for those in need.

Of course this is not news, it doesn’t have the same ‘wow’ factor as the relentless dismal stories so beloved of the main stream media who profit from doom and gloom and yet do nothing about it.

The coup attempt against Jeremy Corbyn has gained much media attention and much of the reporting has suggested that he is an unelectable throwback to old fashioned socialism by those with a vested interest in pursuing a right wing political agenda. Corbyn is responsible for an unprecedented rise in support for socialism and social democracy, which had taken a beating from Margaret Thatcher onwards such that it looked as though socialism and social democracy were all but dead. Corbyn has proved that socialism is very much alive and well and what he represents is the worst nightmare of pretentious neoliberal apologists of all political persuasions.

The more Corbyn is opposed the more people come out to support him, as seen this weekend with thousands attending rallies across the nation. That’s real time feet on the streets in support of social democracy and people have had enough of the sneering disdain which self serving politicians have for the people. We are certainly a nation in turmoil, but it is a necessary turmoil and I hope all you right wing neoliberals are quaking in your boots, because you damned well should be.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-recession-economy-what-happens-nigel-farage-speech-a7099301.html

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https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43003/Thousands+rally+for+Jeremy+Corbyn+as+Labour+MPs+try+and+force+him+out

26_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,475

Sunday 26 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There is a shit storm sweeping this country and why? Because too many politicians lie through their teeth and cannot be trusted to tell the time of day unless you’re standing next to Big Ben. That’s why.

There is now a petition calling for a second referendum, currently standing at 2,002,902 signatures, yes that’s 2 million signatures (in one day). I’ll sign it when I hear that every politician that lied in the referendum would be chained and gagged and locked in the Tower of London for the duration.

I am sure you know by now that Boris Johnson was booed resoundingly as he left his home on Friday without a word of apology and that Nigel Farage has had the temerity to call the Leave campaign’s £350 million for the NHS a ‘mistake’. The UK Statistics Authority called it ‘misleading’ and the Institute for Fiscal Studies said it was ‘absurd’ and yet this misleading absurdity was used till the bitter end.

Let’s not forget the fear mongering either, more candidates for the Tower, gagged and shackled. Your own warning of the potential for a European wide conflict if we leave the EU was dutifully reported by the media as a warning that ‘Brexit’ could trigger World War Three.

The real biggie, of course, was immigration, with Farage’s now infamous ‘Breaking Point’ poster to cap it all off.

Special mention, though, must go to Michael Gove who said, ‘People in this country have had enough of experts’. Perhaps what he should have said was that experts had been so successfully drowned out by political and media bullshit like his that trying to make any sense of the referendum was nigh on impossible. Credibility was successfully stretched to breaking point by relentless lies and spin from corrupt and venal politicians manufacturing chaos.

There is a whole lot of blaming going on right now. The country is bitterly divided, but there is really only one enemy, those who practice to deceive and the tangled web they have wilfully and deliberately woven. Were I a more vengeful and blood thirsty man I’d say hang the lot of you, but I’ll settle for forced incarceration in the Tower of London as long as there is a public gallery where we can mock you and listen to your pathetic bleating against the justice visited upon you. A handy trough of fruit and veg well past it’s sell by date would not go amiss either: good therapy. Boris got off lightly.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/nigel-farage-i-dont-want-to-be-prime-minister-and-leaves-350-million-ad-campaign-was-a-mistake-2016-6

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check/2016/may/23/does-the-eu-really-cost-the-uk-350m-a-week

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/08/cameron-brexit-will-increase-risk-of-europe-descending-into-war/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brexit-could-trigger-world-war-7928607

https://fullfact.org/europe/immigration-and-eu-referendum/

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/16/nigel-farage-defends-ukip-breaking-point-poster-queue-of-migrants

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/09/michael-gove-experts-academics-vote