Here’s a true story from the Tower Hamlets Borough council elections of 1994. It’s my eye-witness account of what it was like helping Labour mobilise a large ethnic vote that displaced Britain’s first-ever British National Party councillor, Derek Beackon.
“That’s right, I’m a Scottish Presbyterian Jew”.
Millwall is just one of fifty local wards that dictate the political complexion of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Geographically, it fits on the Isle of Dogs and sits across the Thames from the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
I lived there for three years. During that time, I became drawn into Britain’s most exciting local election ever. Continue reading “Fighting fascism for what?”
Once a minor figure of the political left, now a contender to become queen of Britain’s right-leaning United Kingdom Independence Party, just who is Anne Marie Waters?
Last month, and a couple of weeks before her 40th birthday, the self-proclaimed feminist and lesbian, hailing from Dublin but educated at Nottingham Trent University (“the poly”), learned of her selection to run for UKIP leader.
Joining the party as recently as 2014, Waters now enjoys a substantial, mainly populist base supporting her bid to lead.
UKIP signed more than a thousand new members in the weeks after her candidacy announcement, with many attracted by her outspoken positions on Islam, immigration and EU overreach into sovereign powers of its member states.
“We should acknowledge that the awful elements of the religion come from the scriptures themselves, and that every country where they have influence is a human rights disaster,” says Waters in her manifesto.
Waters is also widely reported as saying, “A lot of people need to be deported. Many mosques need to be closed down. It really has to get tough.”
The contest result will be announced in late September, most likely at the party’s annual conference (29/30 September) in Torquay. Continue reading “Who is Anne Marie Waters?”
The Czech Republic recently enacted a new law that makes life difficult for non-Czech residents seeking to stay in the country.
In July, President Miloš Zeman signed into law tighter rules for foreigners living in the Central European country, despite protests from international and domestic companies that rely on foreign labour, skills and expertise.
“It reflects a political backlash against non-EU migrants living in the country, not just asylum seekers, and in many ways reflects a more restrictive migration policy.” – Tomáš Jungwirth
The new legislation became applicable this month and targets foreign nationals from states both inside and outside of the European Union – whether they be legal visitors or illegal migrants. Continue reading “Czech Republic’s Ethnic Cleansing Starts”
As the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) keeps opposing Brexit, it’s worth looking at why the business lobby group is tainted.
Brexit Minister David Davis is today meeting top business leaders in an effort to deal with unrealistic demands from the CBI that the government delays indefinitely “departure from the Single Market and the Customs Union”.
Although the CBI claims to speak for over 190,000 UK businesses in its role advising and lobbying government, and is even incorporated by Royal Charter, it continually opposes Britain’s democratic decision of 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union. Continue reading “Discredited CBI Keeps Opposing Brexit”
Coffee chain Starbucks saw large profit increases across its European, Middle Eastern and African divisions in 2016 but UK and US sales declined this year.
A report in the Telegraph last week said: “Profits rose by nearly 75pc in Starbucks’s European, Middle Eastern and African division last year as the coffee giant continued its expansion into new markets.”
Although the figure applies to the business year up to 2 October 2016, the company announced its intentions to develop worldwide markets only last July.
However, profits fell 60 percent in the UK in exactly the same period, with the company blaming Brexit for the collapse. It paid only £6.7 million due to experiencing “an economic slowdown”. Continue reading “Starbucks Increases Profits in Third World”
Is news that Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier runs outdated computer software in fact a social engineering exercise by the Secret Intelligence Service?
Media sites across the web carried the news yesterday that the £3.5 billion vessel, fresh out of dock for sea trials, apparently relies on Microsoft’s 16-year-old XP operating system.
Measuring 280 metres long and 70 metres wide, the ship can carry 36 state of the art F-35B fighter jets, and hosts modern military technology. Yet reporters from both the Times and the Guardian newspapers who were invited onboard claimed yesterday to have seen a Windows XP machine employed in the ship’s control room. Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth Honey Trap?”
There’s been a big sell of energy smart metering in recent years, mainly by the European Union. But it seems Brexit Britain is awake to some of smart technology’s darker concerns – even if figures are sometimes conflicting.
More than one in every five Brits (21%) say they would resist installation of a smart meter in their home, according to data from a survey of 2,054 UK adults carried out by pollsters Populus in May 2017. That equates to 5.6 million UK households
But the findings are at significant odds with what previous surveys found using larger sampling. For example, research commissioned three years ago by the Smart Meter Central Delivery Body, involving 10,000 homeowners, found fewer than half (44%) of all households would consider installing a smart meter. Continue reading “Smarter Citizens Rejecting Smart Meters?”
I reported a while back on a petition that I judged to be a clever hoax. It seems I was wrong and that the campaign was, instead, just plainly insane.
The petition was raised against an alliance between Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and the UK Conservatives after the June 8 general election.
I deduced in a previous post that it was an ingenious trolling exercise designed to take the piss out of the Left.
My rationale went as follows: Continue reading “DUP Petition Update”
I met that Tommy Robinson geezer last September in Prague. You know, the guy who trashed Piers Morgan last week on GMB over the Finsbury Park incident.
Tommy – real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – Robinson has been vilified for years over his outspoken criticism of Islam’s non-integration into UK culture, particularly for highlighting unpleasant Muslim practices such as grooming, drugging, raping and pimping British children.
Politicians, police and media, all trying to suppress claims about the excesses of Islam, continually choose to “play the man” by smearing Robinson rather than answering undeniably simple points he puts forward – mainly facts about extreme cultural and demographic changes – anyone can find littered across independent news sites and even these days from some legacy media outlets. Continue reading “I Met that Tommy Robinson Geezer”
The great orator and ex-Member of Parliament George Galloway was reduced to using unexplained innuendo in a Twitter spat we had today over Tory MP Boris Johnson and the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Mr Galloway had tweeted “Boris Johnson is a dead duck. A Dodo” in response to fire service downsizing ordered by the former Mayor of London which he conflated with the Grenfell Tower incident.
Fearing Mr Galloway was resorting to irrationality at what is a time of high emotion for us all, I replied, “C’mon George, the fire brigade arrived within 6 mins. Don’t stoop to Corbyn’s level conflating stuff for rhetoric.” I also included a link to an article by Andre Walker on observer.com to explain my response.
Galloway then replied, cryptically, ” A journalist writes …”. Continue reading “Twitter Spat With George Galloway”
Is there any way to prevent another disaster like the Grenfell Tower tragedy from happening again? Maybe …
Bad building material used in a £10 million refurbishment completed just a year ago at Grenfell Tower and inadequate regulation have both been blamed for the horrific fire.
The building is owned by Kensington & Chelsea Council and managed by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation
Many of the 24-storey tower block’s estimated 500-600 residents were reportedly from ethnic backgrounds. At least 12 people have died so far and many dozens more have been seriously injured. Of course, all are now homeless. Continue reading “Preventing Another Grenfell Tower Tragedy”
Tim Farron resigned his leadership of the Liberal Democrat Party earlier today. His reasons give food for thought.
Farron’s statement attempts to shore up a claim of “putting the Lib Dems back on the map”.
The party certainly increased its number of MPs in Parliament by 50 percent – from eight before the 2017 snap election to 12 – though his immediate predecessor Nick Clegg had once enjoyed support from as many as 57 elected members.
But Farron is a career politician and as such comes across as being a political lightweight. He graduated with a BA in Politics just a year before being elected to Lancashire County Council in 1993. He entered Parliament in 2005 as MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, a constituency he retained in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
His performance in media appearances during the 2017 general election seemed largely unfocused, being unable to give straight answers to almost any questions posed by interviewers. Continue reading “Faith Lost in Farron”
Theresa May believes in promoting online censorship to fight terror and extremism. In doing so, she falls nicely in line with her EU counterparts.
During her first foreign trip since performing dismally in last week’s general election, PM May and French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday announced further crackdowns on extremist content online.
Of course, dealing with recent terrorist atrocities in both Britain and France were high on the agenda for May and Macron’s meeting, So they chose to counter those horrific by assaulting Facebook and Google. Continue reading “May’s EU Approach to Censorship”