Why I won’t be out protesting Donald Trump’s State Visit

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We are told protesting against Donald Trump’s state visit should be the biggest protest this country has ever seen, but why? Is Donald Trump’s visit the most important issue facing the people of this country? The answer is of course no, Trump is not more important than the dismantling of the NHS, the homeless epidemic, the Windrush scandal, Grenfell, the death caused by cuts, and a million and one other problems which are caused by our own government.

Donald Trump is a slimeball, a scumbag and an all round cunt, but what makes him so special? Is his brand of sexism worse than the fact austerity disproportionately attacks women? Or is his racism worse than the racism that gave us the windrush scandal? Is his neocon geopolitical war hard-on worse than Obama’s, or May’s?

Donald Trump is not the problem, the system is the problem – Trump is a symptom of that system, but what do we hope to achieve by protesting his visit? Is his visit worse than the other dictators and all round shit bags this country has hosted throughout the years?

Will protesting against Trump home the homeless on our streets, or put food in the bellies of those starving and struggling to survive?

Solidarity to the poor brothers and sisters of America fighting against Trump and all that he stands for, but we are locked in a life and death battle of our own, and instead of making that the biggest protest we have ever seen, instead of going after the system which allows men like Trump to thrive, we want to make it all about Trump.

We could remove Trump tomorrow, and it would not change a thing for this country (Or America), people will still be struggling, people will still be starving and we would still be ruled by a elite that doesn’t give a shit about us!

Go along, be a good liberal, give yourself a pat on the back and think you are opposing Trump’s bigotry, but don’t fool yourself in to thinking that the things Trump stand for, and the system he represents are not already normal here.

It is easy to get indignant and kick up a fuss about an issue that relatively will not impact you, but there are a lot of issues facing us which are far more important, and which warrant the biggest protest this country has ever.

Why are we not organising to make May resign? We should be organising to change this country, we should be organising to help the downtrodden and oppressed in our country, right now. Not wasting our time with hollow and empty gesture politics, which will serve little to no practical purpose to the people kicked in to the dirt by our government.

So no, I won’t go out to protest Trump’s visit, not because I agree or want to endorse his politics, but because I think we should be going after the system, corruption and the poverty which is all too real for the people of this country (and America).

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The Corbyn Spy Smears Are More Dangerous Than Meets The Eye

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week you will have undoubtedly been subject to the barrage of smears coming from the right wing media that Corbyn or should I say “Agent COB” was an asset of the Stb. That he was affiliated with a Labour group called Labour Action for Peace, which had Stasi assets in its ranks, and then by this association Corbyn is somehow also mixed up in all this.

At face value these smears are dangerous because they are a new level of lies within our political sphere, the kind of journalism you would expect from newspapers like The S*N are now dominating the news cycle for days. With these non-stories being supported by politicians, bringing a new level of legitimacy to the clearly desperate clutching at straw attacks. Though these attacks are far more dangerous than the obvious threat of the media seeking to use their vast power and reach to subvert and undermine our democracy.

For the implications of the message are clear: Corbyn was a traitor to the UK, and was working or at least aiding foreign powers during the Soviet era. This alone is ridiculous but this isn’t the first time the Corbyn is a traitor line has been banded about, the same attack was laced behind the IRA allegations, and the whole Hamas smears. The repetition of the message couldn’t be more clear, repeat after me: Corbyn cannot be trusted, he is a traitor.

Why is this such a dangerous message? Cast your mind back to the carefree days of 2016, when we were in the throes of the referendum, a Labour MP was murdered by far right extremist Thomas Mair as he shouted “Britain First!” That man when he was in the dock decided shout his name as “Death to traitors! Freedom for Britain!”

Now bring your mind to 2017 when far right extremist Darren Osborne carried out Finsbury Park Mosque attack. His original targets were Corbyn and Khan, on attacking Corbyn said it would have been “one less terrorist on our streets” and if they got Khan at the same time it would have been like “winning the lottery.”

The media know this, the politicians in the Tory Party which are spreading this smear know this. Williamson who I quote called Corbyn a ‘traitor’ knows this, Wallace who compared Corbyn to Soviet era spy Philby knows this and Bradley who declared on twitter (later deleted) that Corbyn was selling state secrets to communist knows this. They all know that an MP was murdered because far right extremists in this country believed she was a traitor, they know that a far right terrorist wanted to kill Corbyn for being a traitor.

So with this information in mind what they are doing takes on an extremely sinister political tone.
Why then do these right wing media sources and right wing politicians think is sensible to spread this smear, to use this angle of attack on Corbyn – who as they want the general public to believe, is a traitor to this country.

If this line of attack continues and I believe it will – where is the endgame to all this? We have already seen twice where this dangerous rhetoric can take us. So god forbid something does happen to Corbyn, how culpable are these forces? Bar from being the assassin, they all but paved the way for the event to take place.

If one thing recent history has shown us it is that words have consequences – how many people are going to have to die before our media and politicians take responsibility for theirs.

How can we be a civilised society while allowing homelessness to fester?

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Homelessness is all our problem, it is an issue that effects us all. Whether directly through being on the streets ourselves, or indirectly through the society which we call our own.

You would think a problem of this magnitude would require a society wide effort to solve. Yet time and again we have been left wanting, and for those suffering this societal blight, it just isn’t good enough.

Make no mistake homelessness is a dirty stain on our society, we can not call ourselves civilised while we have people struggling for the basic necessities of survival, we cannot call ourselves a civilised society and turn a blind eye to the suffering of those we see on the streets every day.

I wish I could say I was shocked at the news by Crisis which reported that homelessness is set to reach over half a million by 2041, but the writing has been on the wall for a long time. The government has failed, is failing, and will continue to fail when it comes to homelessness, and it can be for only one reason – they simply don’t care enough. Time and again charities and community groups are picking up the slack, frantically trying to put a plaster on a problem that has been festering for too long.

It is extremely hard to get accurate data on homelessness, it wouldn’t be surprising if this number was a rather conservative estimate. Regardless of the exact figures the trajectory is clear – homelessness is going to continue to rise. We can and do need to do more, it is an indictment of the failure of our society.

It is easy to think it could not happen to me, or it is not my problem but eight million people are only a pay day away from being on the street and unless you have a crystal ball that can see the future, you don’t know what is around the corner.

It is clear the government will not act on this issue, not unless we force them. There should be national outrage over this, our governments continue to fail the people in their care yet again.

How many groups of people can the Tories betray, how many people in our society have to be cruel victims of their heartless policies before enough is enough? One person suffering on the streets is too many and one thing is abundantly clear, if we do not take action now, hundreds of thousands of people are going to be suffering in the future.

If Trump & America were ‘strong’ they wouldn’t need to constantly remind us.

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America is the strongest country in the world, militarily it outspends the next eight countries combined. They spend more on their military than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, India and Germany, so why does Donald Trump feel the need to tell everyone what they are capable of?

The world economy is so wrapped up in the dollar that internal economic problems in the US nearly brought the world economy to its knees ten years ago. Arguably the world economy was built by the US, and mainly for the US.

Sun Tzu states; “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

So why is Donald Trump giving it bluster and big mouth? It isn’t a sign of strength to tell everyone you’re strong, it isn’t a sign of strength to keep repeating how great you are. These are signs of weakness, using big bold statements to shock everyone, to deflect from the truth, is an attempt to try and hide behind them.

If you look at Donald Trump’s words with this in mind then, his over the top reaction to North Korea becomes (if it wasn’t so scary) comical. North Korea cannot stand up to the US military, it cannot commit economically (the US has had sanctions and embargo’s on them since forever).

These countries are not on equal footing and far from it. Now if you compare how Trump is ‘handling’ (I use that term loosely) North Korea with how Obama handled Iran, it clearly shows us which is the correct way to handle these kind of situations.

Ultimately a country like America telling the world they are ready for fire, that they are locked and loaded, that they have the greatest nuclear arsenal, doesn’t prove they are strong, it proves they are weak. You could expect that kind of geopolitical play from a two bit player, or a despotic dictator, but from a country at the top like America? If it’s first response is that kind of rhetoric, empty as it probably is, what else can they do? How do they ramp that up? It must feel that its position is threatened.

True strength would have been reaching a compromise, and defusing the situation without having to resort to the threat of nuclear war. If a country as insignificant as North Korea can bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, it doesn’t bode well for the future of humanity.

It then brings us to one of two possibilities, either Donald Trump is a weak president, or America is in a weakening position in the world and so it is lashing out. It could be one or the other, or it could be a little bit of both, only time will tell.

Can we really trust a rogue nuclear state like America?

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As the doomsday clock inches ever closer to midnight it’s time we start talking about the biggest rogue state in the world, the playground bully of countries – America. We all need to ask ourselves – Can we really trust a rogue nuclear state like America?

Trump the front man of this medley of destruction, the big baby who has come to epitomize everything that is wrong within our western society, is now getting a hard on over the red button. He has warned fire and fury, while boasting that America has the strongest and most powerful nuclear arsenal it has ever had.

You would be mistaken for thinking that his lines were drawn from some cheesy 80s action film, or that he is trying to emulate the villains of Die Hard, but sadly this is the real world and leaders around the globe will be listening.

After all America has spent the majority of its history at war, it used its position of power and influence post ww2 to web a tangled weave of empire around the globe. Its arrogance and position further elevated once the Berlin Wall came down, as it reigned as the sole superpower.

It has invaded countless countries, it has let nothing stand in its way, taking whatever it wants by any means necessary, be it through force, ‘diplomacy,’ economic warfare or subterfuge. It has used secret services to assassinate democratically elected leaders, it has waged war to protect the interest of American business against sovereign nations, and it has backed military coup after military coup – all in the pursuit of world hegemony.

It is with a sense of irony then that a world order that America created, with it firmly sitting at the top, is now under threat not by a foreign power, but by its own president. The world at large has been enthralled to American power and has watched rather helplessly during the American century, but America isn’t what it once was, if there ever was a time to break America’s stranglehold on the world, surely this would be it?

Surely the UN and other global power players must now be looking at America for what it is; a rogue state and a threat to world peace. I have little faith in these institutions, seeing how tied up they are to the US (they even got away with waging an illegal war). But just Imagine if Putin were making similar comments to Trump, we would be calling for action – yet America as the ruling superpower of the world can do as it pleases.

All empires must fall, and we are slowly seeing the wheels come off of this one. The only question left then is: do we want to be its final victims?

The media don’t care about Venezuela, they care about attacking Corbyn.

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I’m no expert on Venezuela, I wouldn’t even call myself a layman when it comes to Venezuelan politics, but I’m shocked at the speed so many political commentators seem to have become one. Let alone the fact Corbyn is somehow responsible for it all, and now must write an apology in his own blood, while shouting “SHAME! MADURO I CONDEMN THEE!” all day and everyday until the media find something else to blame him for.

The speed and ferocity with which the media seem to care about Venezuela, and the internal struggle that is happening is astonishing considering their track record of only whispering on these issues where our elected government are concerned.

Where was the media rage when Erdogan went on a brutal crack down, after all Theresa May actually went and visited them, human rights wasn’t on the agenda then.

Where were the media masses wanting to exact penance from Theresa May after she cosied up to Saudi Arabia, doing a grubby little weapons deal. Right now British weapons are responsible for what is happening in Yemen, but the media silence is deafening.

Why didn’t we demand Liam Fox get on his knees and grovel after hailing the ‘shared values’ we have with the Duterte regime? Where was the condemnation of his government and the human rights abuses he is carrying out with his war on drugs?

Why didn’t we demand the Royal Family or the government  condemn the ruling family of Bahrain? After all the king was invited to the royal wedding and Theresa May recently visited the country. What about the human rights abuses in that country, the suppression and the crackdowns?

These things don’t excuse what is happening in Venezuela, but the difference in their reporting by the media does go some way to shine a light on the true intentions of our media class.

The fact the government can then talk about it like they give a shit just goes to show how hypocritical they’re being, for them it is just more shit to throw at Corbyn in the hope that something eventually sticks.

The government are quite open about human rights being a casualty in the quest to make cash, so maybe that is why they can get so worked up about Venezuela, because they are not making enough or any money out of the country.

Now I don’t know the extent of the human rights abuses in Venezuela, but it seems pretty clear both sides are involved. It was only reported a few weeks ago that the CIA want regime change and are operating within the country to achieve that, but this important piece of the puzzle seems to get ignored. The economy of Venezuela, the socio-economic factors, the geopolitical factors, they are all being ignored, or downplayed. In their place we are getting a back to back rendition of Project Blame Corbyn, followed by socialism epic fails.

Regardless of whether you support Corbyn or not, whether you are a socialist or not, reducing what is happening in Venezuela to a judgement on socialism, or as a smear on Corbyn is a huge disservice to Venezuelan politics.

There is a clear lack of balanced reporting, with the media more concerned about going after Corbyn than going after the facts. So it is clear what is more important to these commentators, it isn’t human rights, it isn’t justice, it isn’t about shining a light on what is happening in the country, it is about undermining the credibility of Corbyn.

I can’t tell you what is happening in Venezuela, but do some research on the subject, look in to news sources that actually want to report the truth because it is clear what we are getting from the mainstream media is a diatribe on Corbyn and the ills of socialism.