Our real enemy

“Our real enemy is not the ones living in a distant land whose names or policies we don’t understand. The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.” – Mike Prysner

He’s not wrong you know.

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Jesus Christ Superstar dropped in Russia church row

The UK album cover for the 1969 release of Jes...
The UK album cover for the 1969 release of Jesus Christ Superstar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BBC News – Jesus Christ Superstar dropped in Russia church row

Never seen Jesus Christ Superstar but as a kid like everyone else I knew the rhymes to do with women’s clothing.

Is there really anything in it to cause the ROC to protest as such? Not like it’s Jerry Springer the Opera is it?

My Old Bloggings

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair was...
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair was subjected to calls for impeachment during his time in office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Looking at the wayback archive I can find my earliest bloggings back in 28th April 2001. Was coding everything by hand, not much in terms of blogging platforms that took my fancy.

Some things don’t change! I was banging on about Blair back then, as well as slavery, liberals and animal welfare.

26 Apr 2001Bribe
Tony Blair promised bonds for each child born if Labour is returned to power. Have you ever seen such blatant electioneering? I just can’t believe that a government would have the front to trot out ‘policies’ like this just before a general election. they should be ashamed of themselves. I used to be a Labour party memeber back in the early 80’s. How things have changed. Power is everything for Tony and his cronies now. Bring back Michael Foot!
13 Apr 2001Sudan
Check the national and international papers. The government in Sudan is still encouraging the slave trade. They are allegedly supplying weapons to the Arab traders who raid the Southern Sudan and bring back captives. We’ve come a long way since Christ was crucified, died and rose again. Or have we? Hmm..
01 Apr 2001BBC
The atheists and trendy liberals at the BBC have struck again! They’ve just broadcast the first part of a series looking at the life of Jesus. Apparently they’ve removed references to the establishment of God’s Kingdom cos it may offend the Jews. Uh? Not content with that they are using the programme to rationalise the miraculous. Still, what can you expect from a Religious Affairs department who have constantly blocked attempts by christian broadcasters to gain a licence for a national Christian radio station.
28 Mar 2001Animal Welfare
Am I the only one who thinks that we’ve lost the plot when it comes to the husbandry and welfare of the animals we have been given for our food?
I believe we pay far too little for our meat and dairy products. I can buy a whole chicken in the supermarket for less than a fiver. I believe that the supermarkets, farmers, distributors etc have to make a profit, so ask yourself the question, where’s the squeeze being put? On the care and welfare of the animal of course.
I pray we get real about the resources that God has given us.

Why Public healthcare is good

Look what was done in the aftermath of the Second World War, when Britain was a ‘bankrupt nation’. strands of Socialism and Christianity, hand in hand, creating the NHS and bringing so much to all.

And now we are in a time of plenty when the concept of ‘austerity’ touted by the Tory, LibDem and unfortunately Labour spivs is being used to rip apart this unique institution.

It seems we can only weep.

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within: Mi5, Maxwell and the Scargill AffairThe Enemy Within: Mi5, Maxwell and the Scargill Affair by Seumas Milne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Been meaning to read this book since it came out but never got round to it. I really, really wish I’d read it sooner though. It’s a book that will change how you view the country that you dwell in, how your thoughts of the benevolence of the state crumble to dust.

How a book that exposes such corruption and malpractice at the heart of government, the state and the establishment didn’t create an impetus for massive changes is beyond me. Now even in 2012 we can see and know that such duplicity and subversion by the state continues unabated.

This book has also brought to the front a lot of emotion in me – anger, despair, helplessness yet also a feeling that something has to change.

A must read for anyone interested in freedom, politics, the working class and the role of trades unions.

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Jeremy Hunt and the NHS

Thought I’d expand upon a tweet I made upon learning Jeremy Hunt was to be the new Health Secretary.

So let’s have a look at some of Hunt’s comments and thoughts on the NHS and medicine.

Back in 2005 he co-authored a publication called ‘Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party’. In it Hunt came out with this telling quote:

1. “Our ambition should be to break down the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the provision of health care in Britain.” (Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party, 2005, pg 78)

Then in 2007 he gave us his views on homoeopathy and the NHS with a Parliamentary Early Day Motion:

That this House welcomes the positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals; notes that some six million people use complementary treatments each year; believes that complementary medicine has the potential to offer clinically-effective and cost-effective solutions to common health problems faced by NHS patients, including chronic difficult to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal and other chronic pain, eczema, depression, anxiety and insomnia, allergy, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome; expresses concern that NHS cuts are threatening the future of these hospitals; and calls on the Government actively to support these valuable national assets.

So cobling the two together I give you the following which I think is a portent of the future of the NHS.


How to make a homoeopathic solution

  • Take the original solution and dilute 1 part solution with 9 parts distilled water
  • Take this new solution and dilute 1 part solution with 9 parts distilled water
  • Repeat until the desired potency is achieved

How to sell off the NHS

  • Take a fully public funded national health service and hand over key services to private capital
  • Take this ‘low fat’ NHS and hand over critical assets to private capital
  • Take this NHS Lite and dilute with yet more private capital
  • Repeat until the vultures are fed and there’s no meat left on the carcass.

When you look at the thoughts of the men and women who created the NHS you can perhaps understand why it’s so vehemently hated by the Tories, their lickspittle LibDem co-conspirators and the capitalists.

Aneurin Bevan
Aneurin Bevan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s Aneurin Bevan on the NHS:

The National Health service and the Welfare State have come to be used as interchangeable terms, and in the mouths of some people as terms of reproach. Why this is so it is not difficult to understand, if you view everything from the angle of a strictly individualistic competitive society. A free health service is pure Socialism and as such it is opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society. —Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, p106