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Changing The World

Commie stuff. Yes, that was me!

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Did you ever think you would help to change the world?

I did.

I was almost sixteen years old, and reading a lot of books. And I was also watching the news. Lots of things were happening.

*The Prague Spring.
*The Vietnam War.
*Civil Rights Protests at some American universtities.
*Protests at universities in Japan.
*Student protests in Poland.
*Demonstration against the Vietnam war in London.
*Baader-Meinhof terror bombings in Germany.
*Martin Luther King Jnr assassinated in America.
*Student riots and civil unrest in Paris.
*Student demonstrations in Yugoslavia.
*Robert Kennedy assassinated in America.
*State of emergency in Malaya following a Communist insurgency.
*Demonstrations against the military government of Brazil.
*Women’s Liberation protests in America and Britain.
*The ‘Troubles’ begin in Northern Ireland.
*Black Power salutes are seen at the Olympic Games.
*Israel attacks Lebanon.

Yes, a big list, and all in one year. And that is only a selection.

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The Obscenity Of Profit

Fuel prices are at an all-time high in Britain. Many people can no longer afford to use their car for anything but essential travel. Prices are going up in the supermarkets, all blamed on fuel price increases. This coming winter, domestic heating and electricity costs are set to rise to at least one third of the income of people on ‘average salaries’.

This has all been blamed on the war in Ukraine.

Yet that is a blatant lie. A con-trick foisted on the people of this country by the Conservative government, and their rich friends in big business.

The truth is quite simple.

They are milking the poor to feed the rich, and to make them even richer.

The proof is out there, and broadcast on the news media.

‘Energy firm BP has announced profits of almost £7-billion for the second quarter of 2022.’

BP CEO – Bernard Looney is getting an £11.7m bonus during a time 90% of the population is struggling to survive.

So why didn’t the war in Ukraine affect BP profits and the bonus of the CEO?

BECAUSE IT WAS A LIE.

Is There Still A War In Ukraine?

I know, silly question.

But if you had been watching all the main news channels here for the past week, you might be forgiven for thinking that Ukraine and Russia had called it quits.

Boris Johnson, lies in parliament, resignation, who wants his job. Big news. Bigger than a war that might escalate across Europe, even become a world war?

Well the mainstream media obviously thinks so. Even the Wimbledon tennis and Women’s football took precedence.

Then the former prime minister of Japan was assassinated.

But they had to cut back from that to the ‘Breaking News’ that Keir Starmer was not going to be charged with any breach of lockdown rules.

Ukraine? Nothing. I sat through a few main bulletins hoping to be told what was going on, but all I got were updates on who was going to stand for election as Conservative leader, then some lightweight stuff about heatwaves this weekend, and how good that is for British beach resorts.

So Ukraine is only newsworthy when there is nothing more important to report.

Like increased ice cream sales in Eastbourne, and making sure you wear sun cream.

The Shame Of Britain

News today of an incident at Calais that rightfully shames the current despicable government running this country.

150 Ukrainian refugees escaped from their war-torn country. They spent days heading West, crossing through Poland and Germany into France. Their aim was to seek refuge with members of their families who were already legally resident in Britain.

But the UK Border Force post at Calais refused them entry. They were told to travel to Paris, 300 miles away, and apply for a temporary visa at the British Embassy there.

Heartless, bureaucratic, shameful in the extreme.

Poland has welcomed over 500,000 refugees.
Hungary has welcomed over 140,000 refugees.
Moldova has welcomed 98,000 refugees.
Slovakia has welcomed 73,000 refugees.
Romania has welcomed 52,000 refugees.

Even Russia has allowed in 48,000 refugees to flee the war it started.

And noble Great Britain, that renowned Monarchy and self-professed seat of Democracy will not allow in 150 people who already have somewhere to go when they get here.

How can anyone claim to be ‘Proud to be British’, faced with this international shame?

Putin Rolls The Dice

I like to be the first to admit when I am wrong. I didn’t think that Russia would invade the main part of Ukraine, but now they have.

It seems that Putin is less concerned about any financial repercussions than the many billionaires and millionaires in his country are. And after making a lot of noise about ‘strict sanctions’ last week, those sanctions proved to be rather lukewarm, and ultimately toothless.

This is especially true in the case of Boris Johnson, who made a great deal of the puny sanctions he imposed this week by limiting the activities of three Russian-owned banks in London. Refusing to go after billions of pounds of Russian money invested in property in Britain, he claimed that everyone who owned them was ‘on the electoral register as a UK resident’. This despite the easily-proven fact that most are owned by shell companies fronted by Russian oligarchs and registered in foreign tax havens.

All of this lukewarm response to sanctions must have assured Putin that he was free to do anything he liked, as long as his troops did not cross the border into a NATO-member country. Add to this the constant reports that no western country was prepared to assist Ukraine militarily, other than to supply them with weapons and munitions.

So, the dice has been rolled, and has not yet reached the end of the gaming table.

“Don’t Ask For A Pay Rise”

Discussing the economy and the forthcoming increase in interest rates in Britain, the Governor of The Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, urges workers not to ask for any pay rises in 2022, to help keep down the rising inflation rate.

Can you guess how much that man earns? Fortunately, it is a matter of Public Record.

£500,000 a year. ($679,000) Plus benefits.

The national average annual salary in this country is just over £30,000. ($41,000)

The ‘minimum wage’ annual salary, paid to a large percentage of workers, is £18,535. ($25,000)

Bailey earns as much as 17 people on the national average salary.

Bailey earns as much as 28 people on the ‘minimum wage’ salary.

I don’t know about you, but I find his remarks to be both offensive, and sickening.

Andy Thrown Under The Bus

Breaking news!

The disgraced Prince Andrew has had his royal titles and duties removed by the Queen.

He has also had all his military ranks and honours taken away.

According to Buckingham Palace, he will no longer be addressed as ‘His Royal Highness’.

They also state that he is now a ‘Private Citizen’.

I only have three words to add.

Not before time.

(And I am chuckling with glee, which you can’t see of course.)

Afghanistan: The New Refugee Crisis

Since the final departure of the western military and diplomats from Afghanistan, what happens in that country has dropped off the news, in the main. Instead we get reports about government sleaze, the COP 26 Climate Crisis conference, and the occasional mention of the new ‘fishing war’ with France.

Fortunately, the BBC still has a very good correspondent in Afghanistan, a local man who has stayed on to send reports.

After the Taliban assumed power, they sacked almost everyone who had a job under the previous government. Most women employed in any job were told to go home, schools became institutions that taught only the Koran, and only to boys. Salaries outstanding from the previous administration have not been paid since the takeover, and assets have been frozen by the simple act of closing down banks.

This has triggered a massive refugee crisis, as tens of thousands of Afghans flee the country, most using the land route to try to get into Pakistan or Iran. Few have a valid passport, and none have the required visas. That means they are exploited by people smugglers who charge them most of the money they have left to drive them across borders in rickety old pickup trucks, crammed with refugees.

Most want to get to Turkey, where they believe they can find work. Some see Turkey as a stepping stone to other countries in Europe, their eventual goal. Meanwhile, up to 5,000 people a day, including women and children, are leaving from just one town on the border with Iran. Some are detained on the other side by the Iranian authorities, and returned to Afghanistan. All they do then is to wait their turn to try again.

And what of the Taliban? Are they trying to stop the people smugglers? Are they worried about this exodus of people from their fundamentalist utopia? Many of those leaving are well-educated, and experienced in the administration and infrastructure of running a country. You might think the Taliban would be doing its best to keep them.

But no.

Instead, they stand and watch, charging the people smugglers $10 per pickup truck for each one that passes their checkpoint.

This must be what counts as ‘Income generation’ under their rule.

The Taliban and The Saudis

I have just been watching the lunchtime news on BBC The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced that the UK will not recognise any Taliban government in Afghanistan, and we will have no diplomatic relations with whatever they end up calling what we formerly knew to be Afghanistan. I can see why that might happen.

The Taliban has a terrible record when it comes to human rights, and the brutal imposition of their kind of fundamental Muslim Rule of Law has long been criticised by most other countries in the world. Let’s look at some of what we know about how they operate.

*Women are second class citizens who have little or no rights.
*Public executions are the norm. They include stoning, beheading, hanging, and shooting.
*Punishments for minor crimes include chopping off hands in public.
*They do not believe in a wider kind of education for children, only religious schools.
*Their form of government is based on extremist religion only, and is not democratic.

In the 21st century, this is unacceptable to us in the West, and borders on barbaric.

But hang on a minute…

Many of the same rules apply in Saudi Arabia. That is also a country dominated by religion, and ruled by a dynasty that accepts no protests against its rule.

But the UK not only recognises that country it also considers it to be a great friend of the West, and of Britain in particular.

So, what’s the difference between the Taliban and The Saudis?

Yes, you guessed it. Oil.