Thursday, 19 March 2015

Joining the Green Party

Today I joined the Green Party of England and Wales. Why? In the past few days I have been suffering from an unidentifiable fatigue. I've felt short of breath and had headaches and joint pain. The explanation came when I read that a cloud of smog and pollution has blanketed across Britain, causing significant health effects for asthmatics, the elderly and sufferers of other chronic illnesses. Also in the past few days a hurricane has caused death and destruction in Vanuatu, with the president of that country attributing it to the effects of climate change. These epiphanies of anger and literal sickness have spurred me into finally joining the political party, the Greens, whose values I have agreed with ever since my interest in political began in my early adolescence. There are few human rights more fundamental than the rights to clean air and water, yet they seem to be a non-issue to our mainstream politicians and commentators.

It is bewildering that the crises of environmental derogation and climate change - which according to the overwhelming scientific evidence will pose a massive and existential risk to humanity in the upcoming century unless they are counteracted - are seemingly trivial or niche concerns among the left, even when they are integral  to socioeconomic exploitation and injustice across the world. 

Yet the Green Party's commitment to environmentalism, the motivation of its founding, is not the primary reason why I have been inspired and impressed by it. The Green Party, unlike Labour, opposes ideological austerity and has a party platform, motivated by fundamentally humanistic values, for a just, healthy and free society, including a universal basic income and the abolition of workfare, and NHS free at the point of use and free from privatisation, the right to secure housing, an education system centered around the individual abilities and needs of all children, the abolition of tuition fees and an expansion of investment into science and technology, and an social unconditional support for elderly, disabled and vulnerable people. As Jack Monroe has stated, a Labour Party which apes and Tories and UKIP on scapegoating of immigrants and benefit claimants has no right to claim to stand for social justice. For its conformity to the ideological austerity agenda, Labour are known as the Red Tories in Scotland for a good reason. 

Yes, I remember standards in the NHS, and the state schools I attended, improving when Labour were in power in my youth. But I also remember the frighteningly oppressive nature of state bureaucracy and surveillance that expanded under Labour. I remember the Iraq War. I remember the beginnings of state-sanctioned cruelty against social security claimants, such as workfare, sanctions and outsourced disability benefit assessments, that was the genesis of the barbarism and cruelty imposed against them by David Cameron's government. 

"But if you don't vote Labour the Tories will get in". I hope not; I would be happy to see a Labour government tempered by the Greens and perhaps SNP, hopefully abolishing the bedroom tax and protecting the NHS from privatisation, but also one less likely to exactly coopt the rhetoric of the Tory Party on taking "tough decisions" to deal with the "inherited" deficit, caused by the very Thatcherite ideology that Labour aligned to resulting in the economic crisis, as the Labour leadership currently does. An electoral and political system built on blackmail and moral mediocrity is not a democratic one. And the Red Tories seem to rely on it. If Labour supporters have a problem with this supposition then they shouldn't shoot the messengers.

I am one tens of thousands who have joined a Green Party that has massively surged in membership and popularity in recent months. It should consider itself in league with parties like Syriza and Podemos that are part in the Europe-wide movement against austerity. Syriza, relegating the New Labour-like PASOK to minor party status and now govern Greece, and Podemos are leading in the national opinions polls in Spain only a year after its formation. On a concluding note I would advocate that our party defects to the European United Left–Nordic Green Left grouping in the European Parliament so we can work with what should be our natural allies.

Is Israel the most racist country on Earth?

Benjamin Netanyahu has been reelected for a fourth term as Prime Minister of Israel. He has done so by expressing an overt and racially charged contempt for democracy. Netanyahu warned that Israeli Arabs, who make up around twenty percent of the Israeli population, would vote for opposition parties that advocate two-state settlement with Palestine. This Fifth Column, as a Netanyahu portrays it, merely advocates that Israel complies with obligations with a consensus in international diplomacy and law: to give the Palestinians the right to a state representation and to end illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories.

The surge in support for Netanyahu and Likud was driven by Netanyahu's promise to oppose any recognition or possible establishment of a State of Palestine. This State would provide a diplomatic representation of the Palestinian people, and would give the Palestinian authorities an administration with which to hold the Israeli state accountable for its violations of international law, including its war crimes, therefore making the possibility of an ICC prosecution of Israeli war crimes more likely. So perhaps Netanyahu, as the one of the main conspirators in the perpetration of war crimes, does have a vested interest to oppose Palestinian statehood in order to decide his own fate. But these war crimes themselves are motivated by a racism that is encapsulated in calls for genocide, or even a Holocaust, of the Palestinians among the Israeli intelligentsia; and given his reelection it is clear that Netanyahu has ruthlessly calculated to ferment this hatred to remain in power. His opposition to the Palestinian fate is not only driven by a fear of democracy and justice, but also a mainstream desire among the Israeli right-wing to eradicate the people symbolized by a political entity in Palestine.

There are few societies on Earth, if any, where racism is more acceptable or ubiquitous than in Israel.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Was Margaret Thatcher the head of child sex abuse, rape and murder cover-up?

The mounting historical evidence is revealing Margaret Thatcher as having been complicit in the abuse of children by establishment paedophiles when she was Prime Minster of the United Kingdom. The Daily Mirror reported in July 2014 that Thatcher "personally covered up" child abuse by a "rising star" paedophile in the Conservative Party, whom she demanded "clean up" his sexual activity. Apparently no police action was taken against this paedophile when he was caught preying on boys at Victoria railway station in London.

It would appear that child abuse by paedophile allies was primarily a political liability to Thatcher, not criminality to be intercepted or punished. The victims were collateral damage. This is the defining attitude of the corrupt, covering up authorities in high-profile mass child abuse cases of today like in Rotherham and Oxfordshire. After his death last year, Thatcher's Home Secretary Leon Brittan was named as a serial abuser of children involved in the Westminster paedophile ring, now subject to ongoing police investigations, that abused children at Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square, where children were reportedly abused, raped, and murdered by Members of Parliament and other paedophile elites. The same Brittan was handed a dossier by Geoffrey Dickens MP detailing child abuse by Westminster paedophiles (which, conveniently, has gone missing since).

Now declassified Cabinet Office documents reveal that Thatcher was aware of multiple police reports of child abuse against paedophile Cyril Smith MP - a prolific, serial, sadistic abuser of children in the Rochdale residential homes he presided over as a governor - and despite this insisted that he be conferred a knighthood. The police did conduct criminal investigations into Smith's abuses when he was still alive and yet, somehow, prosecution of him was always obstructed. Another serial abuser and rapist of children, who Thatcher also lobbied for the knighting of, was paedophile Jimmy Savile, who was feted on multiple occasions by Thatcher at Chequers. Both Savile and Smith, whose combined victim tallies likely reaches four figures, were never prosecuted for their crimes despite the overwhelming, corroborating evidence proving their guilt. It is well documented that both men's crimes were systematically facilitated, not only by their maleficent, influential and manipulative natures, but by the complicity, victim blaming and cover-up of the institutions they offended in: including local councils, police forces and prosecuting authorities. Only after their deaths did the majority of survivors feel secure to speak out.

Police believe that Smith and Savile attended "sex parties" where children (many procured from the social care system) were abused at Elm Guest House, the same believed to have been attended by Leon Brittan and other Thatcher Cabinet paedophiles, that were organised by paedophile Sidney Cooke. Cooke is a serial rapist and torturer of children who is serving two life sentences for the killing of two young boys (one of which was a manslaughter as the boy died from his injuries after a gang rape by Smith and his paedophile ring, and another was murdered).

It logically figures that Thatcher, at the apex of political power and influence, with a mindset permeated with ruthless self-advancement - as seen in her underhanded and brutal repression of opponents like trade unions, and unwavering sympathy towards corrupt and abusive police - was both directly and indirectly integral to the cover-up of establishment paedophilia.  Her friends and political allies were involved in paedophile rings that raped and murdered children. And, more broadly, paedophiles like Jimmy Savile pathologically exploited corrupt public institutions that adhered to the same culture of silence and intimidation and disbelief of the victims. A related exemplar of Thatcher's mentality and moral compass was her avowed allegiance to General Augusto Pinochet, a mass murdering war criminal who sanctioned rape and sexual assault by his men as a method of torturing imprisoned political dissidents, and who Thatcher publicly defended after his indictment and arrest in London for crimes against humanity in 1998. Perhaps new evidence on Thatcher's role in the UK's child abuse cover-ups will reveal why her associates were able evade justice and continue perpetrating their own atrocities so easily. It is already evident that covering up child abuse was a defining feature of Thatcherism; for the sake of child welfare today, this conservative icon should be remembered for it.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

More on the Goole mafia (recommended reading)

James Forrest of the Comment Isn't Free blog has written an enlightening blog post covering corruption in Humberside Police, as previously described in my own blog post on the subject, including 1) its connection to the Ian Huntley murders and 2) the Goole mafia involving criminally convicted CS Colin Andrews, and the Chief Constable Patrick Geenty under investigation for gross misconduct in handling of  child abuse cases; who was involved in formulating the child protection policy of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council retaining staff involved in the Rotherham child abuse cover-up and obstructing investigations into historical child abuse.