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Jo Cox, Paul Golding and Britain First’s indelible shame

ExposingBF Blog

We’ve waited a few days to post this. We wanted to let the dust settle a bit. We wanted to show respect for a grieving family and we didn’t want to join so many others in capitalising on the internet frenzy that always accompanies high profile killings. Jo Cox was many things apparently but she should never become mere clickbait at the height of a media frenzy.

Reuters Jo Cox MemorialLike the rest of the EBF team I’ve been unsure how to respond to this awful attack, not only on a young mother of two but upon the very nature of British representative democracy. The vigils that were held over the weekend across the country were not for Jo Cox personally. How could they be? Most of the attendees at these events, like me had never heard of her before Thursday. The mood of the nation isn’t grief – it’s outrage.


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Jess Phillips: Voice Of Doom With An Agenda

Turning the Tide

When I read this yesterday: ‘Asked if Labour could win [the next general election] she [Jess Phillips] said: “The honest answer is: ‘no, absolutely not;’ my initial reaction was curiosity.

So please tell me Jess, how long have you had this gift of prophecy? Long odds betting must be a nice little earner on top of your ‘meager’ MP’s salary of £74,000 plus expenses. I expect you had a little flutter when Jeremy Corbyn was a 200/1 bet to become Labour leader. And what odds did you get when you placed your bet on the Tories winning a majority? Must have a nice little nest egg by now.

Ok yes, I’m being sarcastic, but that’s because none of us can predict the outcome of the next general election, particularly in such uncertain times. The ripples set in motion by the financial crash are altering the electoral landscape across the world…

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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

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

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

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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