Dinosaurs Are Among Us

If someone knowingly gets drunk and has a fall, they can’t blame anyone else if they are injured. They are, however, vulnerable, because of the intoxication and the injury. If someone else is abusive and threatening, the police should be involved. However drunk you are, you’re not responsible for the actions or inaction of others.

It’s not always easy to contact the police these days. Most people have a mobile phone, so telephone boxes have become scarce. If you don’t have a mobile, or if you forget it, you have to rely on the charity of others in emergencies, or suffer.

In Newcastle there is a scheme called “Safe Haven“, which is intended to keep revellers safe, regardless of the reason for their distress, so that the worst they can expect to suffer is a hangover.

While the bulk of the work is done by Ambulance Service staff, and St John Ambulance volunteers, door staff at the various nightclubs are also an essential element.

They also seem to be a weak link, if the bouncers at a strip club called “For Your Eyes Only” are typical. They have had the training to assist in situations like the one in the account linked below, but failed miserably to implement it. Worse, they thought the whole episode was hilarious, though they have obviously been told it wasn’t, because they proceeded to lie about their actions (and lack of action), when the story started to get attention on social media.

The vulnerable person in this case happened to be a woman, so I fully expect some “Mens Rights Activist” to dismiss or excuse the whole episode as “feminazi propaganda” but, while women can be, in some circumstances, more vulnerable than men, that’s really irrelevant here, except that it involved bouncers at a strip club, and it looks like the disdain for women inside such places may well extend to passers by.

The Safe Haven” scheme is being extended to other towns and cities. Hopefully without the poor attitudes displayed by these “trained staff”.

Read the Storify account here. It’s from someone whose word I trust, though there were other witnesses.


Tory Voters Hit With the Truth

CameronForkedTongueIt’s tempting to say that people who voted Conservative, and who are now suffering from their policies deserve all they get.

Tempting, but wrong.

It’s easy to stick your head in the sand, and almost everybody does so, to some extent. I’m not immune myself, though I try to minimise the effect.

On last night’s “Question Time” on BBC1, an audience member, Michelle Dorrell, tore into the Tory panellist, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, about the proposed cuts to Tax Credits, cuts that David Cameron insisted (before the election) weren’t even being considered. Rudd couldn’t give a satisfactory reply, and didn’t bother to try. She couldn’t even bring herself to look at Dorrell.

That Michelle Dorrel now realises what the Tories are really about should be cause for celebration, rather than rebuke.

The exchange will very likely have a wider effect, prompting others to switch from the Tories, perhaps even to Labour.

There are even a good many Conservative Party members opposing the Tax Credit cuts:




The Anti-Jeremy Corbyn People: How They Sound to Me

Originally posted on Mark Fiddaman:

I may not have read any of Corbyn’s policies. But I have imagined what he might think, on the basis of an unorthodox hat he once wore. And let me tell you— never have I heard such barmy, bleeding-heart, loony-left, pie-in-the-sky, stuck-in-the-past, socks-and-sandals, mouth-frothing, terrorist-licking, weirdo-beardo Islington pinko codswallop in all my life.

I’m told Corbyn has some fanciful, Trotskyite notions about not treating the poor like vermin and avoiding imbeciliceconomicpolicy. Pfft. Go back to Russia, mate. I think I also read somewhere that he wants to reduce the deficit with a growth strategy, the like of which has never worked ever, apart from all the times it has.

Well, Corbyn can’t trick me with that old ‘saying things that are true’ routine. He can’t pull the wool over my eyes with his manifest skill at harnessing grassroots momentum and his ability…

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Labour Supports Tory #WelfareBill


Keir Hardie must be spinning in his grave.

Politicians are forever telling us, the plebs, that if we don’t go out and vote, we have no place complaining about the result.

I did vote in the last election, as I do in every election. The MP I voted for was one of those who abstained rather than vote against a Welfare Bill that will push already struggling people further into poverty. When they lose votes, I expect they will forget not to complain, and will instead blame the voters. They might pick up a few votes from people who normally vote Conservative, but that will be a drop in the ocean compared to the disaffected Labour voters, who are getting sick and tired of giving Labour “one more chance”.

The support that has been shown for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership contest (the only candidate to vote against the bill) ought to inform the party that there is a need for more left-leaning politics, but they just accuse his supporters of being “out of touch with the rest of the country”, as if they have a finger on the nation’s pulse. If they did, they would have noticed the clamour for them to provide a real opposition to the Tories.

Still, at least the MPs get their pay rise, so not everyone has to endure austerity.

Royal “Bellamy Salute” Shows “American Sympathies”


Front page of The Sun, showing their “context” (agenda).

It is true that Edward VIII, seen here  while he was Prince of Wales, was an admirer of the Nazis, even after the war, but for most people in the early 1930s, the Nazi salute was just comical posturing. The full horror of the Nazi regime was unknown, even though the atrocities had begun. The other adult in this scene would become Queen to Edward’s successor, George VI, and would vociferously oppose the Nazis (even before war started), and gain popularity by refusing to be evacuated, even during the Blitz, saying “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.”

The two children, the present Queen and her sister Margaret, were about 8 and 3 years old, and would have no inkling of any of the things the salute represented.

Mockery of the salute was quite common, but it was already in use elsewhere before the Nazis adopted it. Among other nations, the USA used it during the Pledge of Allegiance, after it was introduced by Christian Socialist minister and author Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was still in use up to December 1942.

I am not, of course, seriously suggesting that it is the American salute being used here, but it does serve to show how innocuous the gesture was seen as at the time.

American schoolchildren pledging allegiance to the flag in 1941

American schoolchildren pledging allegiance to the flag in 1941

And mockery seems to be what’s going on in the short clip obtained (possibly illegally) by The Sun, and published today on their website, with stills in the printed version of the rag. The headline, “THEIR ROYAL HEILNESSES” clearly attributes blame to all those in the film.

My hobby is adding colour to old black and white photos, and the Royal family’s album is a rich resource, but I can hardly be accused of being a Monarchist. Like The Sun‘s owner, Rupert Murdoch, I’m more of a republican (though not in the sense of the American political party).

Unlike Murdoch, I’m not prepared to stoop to this kind of dishonest propaganda to promote my views.


Poor people are poor because they don’t know how to get something from nothing

Originally posted on Politics and Insights :

It’s truly remarkable that whenever we have a Conservative government, we suddenly witness media coverage of an unprecedented rise in the numbers of poor people who suddenly seem to develop a considerable range of baffling personal ineptitudes and immediately dysfunctional lives.

We see a proliferation of “skivers” and “scroungers”, an uprising of “fecklessness”, a whole sneaky “culture of entitlement”, “drug addicts”, a riot of general all-round bad sorts, and apparently, the numbers of poor people who suddenly can’t cook a nutritious meal has climbed dramatically, too. We are told that starvation is not because of a lack of money and access to food, but rather, it’s because people like freebie handouts at food banks and they don’t know how to budget and cook, that’s according to the Conservative Baroness Jenkin of Kennington.

She recommends that poor people eat porridge, since it only costs 4 pence a bowl. You can…

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The Worst Of Margaret Thatcher Meets The Worst Of Tony Blair, We Need To Fight These Bastards Like Never Before

Originally posted on the void:

five-more-years-no-wayWhen the richest 20% of people vote to attack the poorest 20% – a crude but not unfair summary of what just happened in the election – then any talk of democratic mandates or majorities is redundant.  What we are left with instead is human decency – do we want to live in a society where diabetics die because they cannot afford the electricity to chill their medicine?  Or where children are socially cleansed away from their schools, friends and families because neither benefits or wages are enough to pay soaring rents?

Do we want to live in a country where strikes are virtually banned, or where dissidents can be targetted by the full force of the state even when they have committed no crime?  And if anyone complains they will be smeared as thugs by the bullying right wing press and told they have no right to protest? …

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