Friday, 21 July 2017

THE CRUELTY OF THE MADELEINE MYTHS

UPDATE  22.07.17

I am flattered to see that Verdi refers to my blog as the major league - I'm going to go ahead and take that as a compliment, because it means that I, John Blacksmith, JJ and so many of my valued readers have been able to take discussion in this case back into the realms of sanity. 

The crazies and the extremists created such a malevolent and hostile environment on social media, that regular people and those with just a passing interest were quickly scared away. Gang mentality has ruled the roost for way too long in this case.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion.  How can you have a debate when only one side of the argument is heard? 

The ridiculous myths created by the internet sleuths are still around because no-one has been allowed to disagree with them!  Try it on the forums and the facebook groups and you are quickly banned.  OK, it may be a bit much for me to claim credit for changing public opinion - the dissent I suspect was always there, but I do at least provide a platform for ALL views.  I, and my readers, are just as interested in the pro side of the argument as we are in everything else.  Most posters are treated with civility and respect, especially if they are civil and respectful themselves. 

As for my rebutting HideHo's and Petermac's 'analysis' and 'research'  Verdi - to do that I would have to read it, and life's too short.  Analysis and research only becomes interesting if a ground breaking result is achieved by an acknowledged genius.  As fascinating as their analysis and research may be to them, it is of little or no interest to anyone else.  That's why I rarely, if ever, mention mine HideHo.  And let's stop being pompous here, research = reading.  None of you are actually in a laboratory boiling up acid over a Bunsen burner, you are just clicking on google. 

All HideHo and Petermac have demonstrated, is just how far a person is willing to go with a delusion.  Yes folks, obsession can tip you over the edge.  And they are trapped by what I refer to as 'I'm right, dead right' syndrome, which never ends well.  They haven't given themselves any leeway, their theories are carved in stone.  If the case is blown wide open and their theories revealed as the nonsense they are, they will carry on with them anyway, and claim a conspiracy.      


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The problem the internet sleuths have with their batshit crazy theories, is their failure to apply logic, reason and common sense.  Whilst they have spent limitless hours scrutinising photographs under a microscope and going through crèche records with a fine toothed comb, they haven't spent one second's thought on the macabre reality of what they are alleging. 

And what they are alleging is that Madeleine died earlier in the week, and the parents and their companions continued with their holiday until the penultimate night - presumably to get their money's worth.  Never mind all the intricate details of the shadows in the last picture, and the blossoming of the shrubbery, what about the gravity of what these 'sleuths' are alleging? 

They are saying ignore the findings of Goncalo Amaral and the team of detectives who were there on the ground, because they have proved Madeleine wasn't there after Sunday 29th April and they'll fight anyone who disagrees with them.  Now this is where they trip up. They began their 'research' with confirmation bias. That is they had already decided Madeleine wasn't seen after the Sunday, and have searched for anything they can find to support it. They are not reading objectively, their minds are already made up.  Which is why they haven't asked such basic questions as:

1)  Just how sick/monstrous, do you think these people were, that they could carry on with their holiday, dropping off the kids (including a fake Madeleine) at the kids clubs, playing tennis, and dining nightly at the Tapas bar, with the body of a child stashed in the wardrobe? 

2)  Have they ever, in the whole history of the world, heard of a group of doctors (or indeed any professionals) getting together to sexually abuse and sexually exploit their own toddler children?  Even the darkest of horror films wouldn't come up with a sick plot like that. 

3)  How do they sleep at night?

I don't for one second think that Gerry, Kate and those around them are having an easy time, they have a huge dark cloud over them and now a huge debt to pay to Goncalo Amaral.  That they are the authors of their own misfortune, matters not, they are human beings under an enormous amount of stress and they have kids to look after. 

Unfortunately, these dark, disturbing myths have drawn many in.  When you fixate on one small detail you can often lose track of the bigger picture and in this case, the sleuths have opted for the least likely scenarios because they have totally ignored the characters and lifestyles of the main players.  They have literally created an alternate reality, a murky, sleazy reality that isn't recognisable to anyone but themselves.  I'm no fan of Gerry and Kate, but it is quite obvious, they don't spend their nights having drunken orgies with the neighbours, nor do they abuse their kids.  That is just pure fantasy on the part of those with microscopes in their hands.  And a pretty sick fantasy I might add.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

WAS SMITHMAN GERRY?

Discussion from the last two blogs has spilled over and it finally it becomes clear what the forum wars are all about.  In one corner we have Tony Bennett, Richard Hall, HideHo and Petermac claiming Madeleine 'died' before the 3rd May and the man seen carrying the child was NOT Gerry McCann.

In the opposite corner we have Ben (I wanna run the biggest FB page) Thompson and his thugs who support the theory of Goncalo Amaral, but then go away with the fairies.  I don't know what Ben's beliefs are, I've never had the stomach to read him - is it paedophiles?  I know he's anti Textusa's swingers, but he gets himself in such a frenzy, he must think there was more to Madeleine's disappearance than an accident.

Both factions are of course bonkers, essentially they have stepped into this game of Cluedo and made it their real lives.  Not only are they trying to insert themselves into the plot, but they want starring roles!  All their theories are based on TEN year old files that had all the crucial parts withheld.  And, I can't stress this enough, they weren't there.  These theories come from their over active imaginations and the comfort of their armchairs. 

Regardless.  What it all now boils down to is the Smithman sighting - because that will determine one way or the other when Madeleine 'died' (yeh, I know).  Those desperate to prove Smithman wasn't Gerry (mostly Bennett) have conducted a very nasty campaign against the witnesses in this case in order to discredit them.  For two years Bennett was stalking the wrong Smith family!

I believe Mr. Smith.  Not least because his statement stands out from the others, the tapas group especially, for being so brutally honest and human.  It is clear from his words, that he is suffering an almighty crisis of conscience, and who could blame him?  Gerry was the grief sticken father of a missing child, you can understand his reluctance to point the finger. 

Death before the 3rd?  Those trying to prove Madeleine died before the 3rd May are literally trying to force square pegs into round holes.  In order for their theories to stand up, they must prove at least, a dozen independent witnesses have lied. To do this they have quite literally 'made up' back stories connecting these innocent bystanders to the McCanns.  They have long since crossed all lines of morality and decency and they aren't even aware of it. 

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I am rapidly approaching my 60th birthday (Monday :( ) and I am sad to say, my beloved laptop is as knackered as myself!  If you are regular visitor and you enjoy my blogs, or even if you don't, lol, please consider a small donation - the monetary equivalent of a birthday card or drink!    

I have been undergoing a bit of a transition recently, as some may have noticed, but I have realised that I cannot let my 'Mcann' blog/commentary go. I think for many it has become a regular port of call, which I am immensely proud of.  I am proud too, that I run a McCann blog, that calls for calm, compassion and consideration for the feelings of those involved.  I'm proud too that people from all sides of the argument can come together here to exchange views civilly and with respect for each other.  As popular as this blog is, it doesn't pay and I would never put up a paywall. I would write regardless, tis true, even if I had to go back to the old feather quill and the back of a discarded shoe, but the laptop is a whole lot easier, especially one not held together with a couple of hairclips and a bandaid.   

Monday, 10 July 2017

FORUM WARS PART II

UPDATE 

I am rapidly approaching my 60th birthday (Monday :( ) and I am sad to say, my beloved laptop is as knackered as myself!  If you are regular visitor and you enjoy my blogs, or even if you don't, lol, please consider a small donation - the monetary equivalent of a birthday card or drink!    

I have been undergoing a bit of a transition recently, as some may have noticed, but I have realised that I cannot let my 'Mcann' blog/commentary go. I think for many it has become a regular port of call, which I am immensely proud of.  I am proud too, that I run a McCann blog, that calls for calm, compassion and consideration for the feelings of those involved.  I'm proud too that people from all sides of the argument can come together here to exchange views civilly and with respect for each other.  As popular as this blog is, it doesn't pay and I would never put up a paywall. I would write regardless, tis true, even if I had to go back to the old feather quill and the back of a discarded shoe, but the laptop is a whole lot easier, especially one not held together with a couple of hairclips and a bandaid.   


Due to the huge volume of comments, I am starting a Part II on the McCann forum wars, beginning with a response to 'Ziggy' who is currently blaming the failure of the authorities to find Madeleine or his alleged abductors, on the onlookers.  

'.....Spare me the 'poor show' on the part of the two tribes of sheep Ziggy, who are you?  The grand overlord?  You are in no position to be wielding the old 'told ya so' axe - those you support have won nothing, in fact, 10 years on, they are probably in the worst position they have ever been in.  They have suffered what will probably be one of the biggest legal losses in history.  The costs of at least 4 teams of lawyers, countless court hearings and appeals for 9+ years will be record breaking, which is probably why their millionaire donors backed out.  

You attempt to shame all commentators Ziggy, by bringing the discussion back to Maddie, is a device used by all 'pro's' and those who shout 'think of the children' when they are looking for a cheer.  Just how much is there to discuss about a 4 year old year child that none of us knew?  The injustice of course lies in her disappearance and who was responsible for it, but that little nugget of truth lies buried in the avalanche of mud that swept over it. 

No-one has forgotten Maddie, Ziggy, especially those so deeply touched by her tragic fate that they took to social media to protest in their thousands.  The abduction story is simply not believable, and threatening people with civil actions and criminal prosecution will never change that.  In fact it has had the opposite effect, all those, like myself who have been the targets of malicious McCann media campaigns, have had no option but to fight back.  

No-one can doubt that the McCanns media campaign was phenomenal, it achieved the impossible, it somehow made child neglect perfectly acceptable and understand, and turned the parents into England's new heroes.  No mean feat, in the spin industry, it was Oscar winning stuff.  

The downside of course, was the McCanns and their minions, made a lot of enemies - some might say they got too greedy.  Given the characters of Gerry, Kate and Clarence, one can imagine the way in which they treated all the journalists desperate for a scoop.  Gerry was almost 'Trumpish' in the way he addressed the media and gave his 'I'm not going to comment on that' [and I know more than you do, tee hee]  when asked about his connection to the first arguido. They cannot blame the fact they are not likeable on anyone Ziggy - it's all them.    

You may think you are taking the higher ground by patronising those of us who discuss this case, but it's not your's to take.  Not least because you comment more than anyone!  

If I remember rightly, you end with a prophecy on social media being policed and/or shut down, and its all the fault of those who have not supported Kate and Gerry.  You appear to be very confused on the whole issue of Freedom of Speech Ziggy.  You are OK with opinion as long as agrees with your own.  You are not Gerry are you?  

You have to take the good with the bad, and if you are an observer of history, you will be aware that the 'bad' is usually short lived.  Websites like the Cesspit, Myths, JATKY2 etc have had their day, their 15 minutes, they haven't been able to build or even sustain their audience, because they are based on negativity and hatred.  Eventually they will sink beneath the mire, and become a distant (unpleasant) memory.  Essentially Ziggy, they are not a threat to anyone, and if they were to be used as an argument to shut down discussion forums, the time has long since passed. 

Times, they are a changing Ziggy.  I expect the police already have ways in which to trace anonymous IP addresses and can probably pick up on antisocial behaviour online, instantly.  But to be honest, what is the point?  Those malcontents bothering the police with the pathetic insults they are hurling at each other, infuriate me.  What a complete and utter waste of police time.


Monday, 3 July 2017

MCCANN FORUMS NOW BASHING EACH OTHER

 
UPDATE - 04.07.17

Exclusive quote from Sonia Poulton:

"I don't understand why Tony Bennett and Jill Havern continue to tell lies about me and, furthermore, have chosen to become involved with people who have stalked me for four years including writing to TV producers and accusing me of being a paedophile AND threatening to finish me off and dance on my grave. 

There are some sick people on the internet. I understand that. I have learnt not to spend too much time thinking about them because they are merely distraction.

As many know, myself - and a small but dedicated crew - have made a film around Madeleine. It's been difficult and we have met with many obstacles, legal, political and financial. 

Our film is currently being shown to TV producers in a number of countries. I shall say no more. The last time I was transparent about our film, Tony Bennett began his smears and attacks on me. I have no idea why and, frankly, I don't care. I have bigger sharks to deal with than Tony Bennett.

The current 'forum wars" is just part of the ongoing charade that many people have come to expect from Havern and Bennett. They use CMOMM to harm and defame people and they get shocked when people finally fight back. No wonder so few 'outsiders' are prepared to add their voices to those commenting online. For,  as soon as they do, they become a target for the outrageous public assassinations that CMOMM subject them to. It's not helpful to the case and is off-putting for many. Maybe that's the point."
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I've just taken a look at CMoMM and indeed MMM, and have to say, I found it all so utterly tedious I couldn't even skim read it.  It is quite amusing however, that when they haven't got the McCanns to hurl bricks at, they start brawling among themselves. 
 
With Bennett we should always start with the premise that he is a disagreeable attention seeking loon who could incite violence in the Dalai Lama.  He gets his jollies by offending and distressing other people. In suing Bennett, the McCanns were effectively giving him untold masturbatory resources every time he was named in a newspaper or appeared on TV.  Imo, the freak 'gets off' on all this.  Unfortunately, for Gerry and Kate, it cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds before they too realised this, and of course, anyone else foolish enough to engage in litigation or any sort of correspondence with him.  At this point Gerry and Kate should take a moment to think about the advice given to them by their lawyers, especially those charging by the hour to watch social media 24/7, eg. those who caught him libelling the McCanns on some obscure Australian football site. 

It is because Bennett enjoys it, that I stopped interacting with him. It's not just that he likes to abuse women, which of course he does, but he sees men as disgusting too - it's all down to what goes on in his imagination, and we really don't want to go there, suffice to say there is more than enough to fill an entire pathological psychology convention.   

As for Andrew, Ben et al, it appears they are all imploding, lol. Bored no doubt. I have to say I do have a wry smile for the codes, conventions and moral standards reached by longstanding forums as if they were mini versions of the BBC.  Naturally the fine upstanding (avatars, lol) have the strongest voices and set the tone.  I finally gave up on MMM when (as I remember) all of them condemned a work of art as child pornography.  I literally have no words for those who would censor, or God forbid, destroy something beautiful because they (personally) have interpreted it as disgusting.   

I quit them I have to say, because I cannot bear to be censored and nothing irritates me more than a thread being locked just as things are starting to heat up! In fairness I have been banned from most, certainly the big Facebook pages wouldn't have me as a member, lol, which always left me wondering what is it they fear?

I did enjoy posting on MMM for a while, but there are too many sanctimonious old grannies (I include Andrew here)who believe they are morally superior not just to the McCanns but to everyone. Granted they are considerably higher up the evolutionary and moral compass scale than CMoMM, but then who isn't?  Meow, lol, JATKY2 and all the Myths forums are also filled with cesspit inhabitants, and I sometimes wonder if they are interchangeable?  Are those seeking nasty, spiteful and malicious conversation choosy about where they post?  Especially if they are OCD, as many of the anonymous posters on CMoMM, Myths etc appear to be? 

Can't say I have a clue what the current big bust up is all about, and please don't tell me unless you can do it in two lines, but I see Bennett has brought out his inner bitch by accusing Ben of pretending to be 39 when he is actually 45!  Shock, horror, stop the press, this is really getting down in the mud and the blood and the beer.  I'm delighted however, that he has put up a rather nice picture of myself and my friend Sonia, as if it were a trophy headshot for his wall of shame.  That we are loud, proud and unafraid to tell the truth offends him deeply. For some reason that pleases me. 

Nothing appears to be happening on the Madeleine case right now, and if it is, it has been hugely overtaken by current events, not just here, but worldwide.  I guess Gerry and Kate must now be feeling the frustration felt by Kerry Needham for so many years.  But for them, either relief or the constant beat of a tell-tale heart.   It is doubtful however, that diehards like Bennett, Ben, HideHo et al will ever move on because they have made it the centre of their worlds.  They are trapped within their own workshops of filthy creation, if they were scientists, they would by now have come up with a cure for cancer, or a living monster made out of dismembered body parts.  I suppose that's what happens when you restrict conversation to slagging off a specific minority group or a family.  It all becomes very distasteful. 

Sonia and I, not hiding.

Ps.  I hope no-one saw my first publication of this blog - the placing of the picture, and former title, made a very unfortunate combination, lol. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

GRENFELL INQUIRY MUST BE TRANSPARENT


Unfortunately, such is the nature of Public Inquiries, we don't get to shout 'whitewash' until it's all over.  In the meanwhile, we are all told to shut up and let them get on with it.  It is a government's most effective tool to remove a controversial issue from the public arena and a way in which to avoid awkward questions that might incriminate them.  I don't claim to know much about Public Inquiries, but from my own memory of them, they are usually set up by an incumbent government and usually end with the incumbent government clearing itself of all liability at some time in the future when the world has moved on. 

We all witnessed the speed at which Grenfell turned into a towering inferno, we all know that the tenants fears were ignored by their management agency and the Local Authority.  Theresa May's Chief of Staff (voted OUT by the public), was the former Housing Minister who not only sat on the recommendations of the Coroner for a previous tower block fire, but along with all of his colleagues (mostly landlords) voted against legislation to make homes fit for human habitation. 

Let there be no doubt, this massacre, was the result of GREED, pure and simple.  Who opted for the £2 cheaper, flammable panels?  And who approved them?  Who was responsible for discarding Building Regulations in order to increase profit?  We might not know names at the moment, but we do know a Tory housing management team, a Tory Local Authority, and a Tory Government created all the conditions for a major disaster.   In a nutshell, they put profit above human life

There is every reason to fear Theresa May's Public Inquiry will be a cover up and her assurance that the Inquiry will report to HER directly, isn't helping.  What she really wants is the time and breathing space to create a false narrative, one in which the blame will eventually be placed on the 'feckless' tenants one way or another, probably culminating in a smoking ban in all social housing.   The work to change the narrative has already begun with the sister of Boris Johnson claiming the PM is just as much a victim as those who died in the fire, together with a sly dig at the Fire Brigade - they approved the works she said.  If her little chat with LBC was approved by Theresa May, then it's clear there is no remorse, and she is looking for a scapegoat.   

The PM weeps only for herself.  She found it so easy to make difficult decisions that she boasted about it.  She revelled in her persona of Iron Lady mark II and was proud of her reputation as a 'bloody difficult woman'.  She slashed her way through all the public services designed to protect society's most vulnerable without so much as a flinch.  There's 'no magic money tree' she told a nurse on BBQT, who's take home hasn't changed since 2009.  We must offer immediate financial aid to those Tory colleagues who lost their seats, she said days later without any sense of her own hypocrisy. 

Difficult decisions that kill numbers and statistics are easy for Theresa May, she could press that nuclear button without a moment's hesitation.  So too she can take thousands off benefits because mental health problems are not a medical disability. She has no problem with children going hungry, people sleeping on the streets or being charged exorbitant rent for properties not fit for human habitation. Theresa May is crumbling now because every evil decision she ever made is coming back to haunt her.  She can't reach out to those suffering directly from her difficult decisions, because (finally) she is ridden with guilt. Up until now, she has been able to view all those lives she has wrecked as collateral damage, the price SHE is willing to pay to protect the wealthiest in society.  Those Landlords and Employers who guffawed at the sweeping away of tenants and employees right and who look forward to tearing up the rulings from the European Court of Human Rights.

Now Theresa May and her Government of ex public schoolboys who are proud members of a Club that has burning a £50 note in front of a homeless person as an initiation ceremony, will be held to account for the grubby scams that led to this manmade humanitarian disaster.  The concrete tower blocks filled with social housing tenants spoiled the view of the wealthy tenants in the surrounding areas.  There is little to dispute that the refurbishment was cosmetic, nothing to do with the concerns of those who lived there and more to do with house prices. 

A Public Inquiry will allow Theresa May et all, to completely avoid the question of who is to blame.  She will let us know in 3/4 years time when the Inquiry is concluded.  Meanwhile those Councils opting for Contractors who use cheaper flammable materials in their multi million pound social housing refurbishments can carry on.  They will continue to pass their planning applications and sign off their Building Certificates, because in the Tories' sweeping away of regulations, pretty much anything goes as long as it is profitable.  We have entered a new era where we can expect a Trump Tower in every town and village. 

The current 'we won't know until the end of the Inquiry' simply won't do.  In the richest borough of London, hundreds of people, were burned to death in front of the eyes of the world.  We ALL saw those cladding panels go up like cinder, there is no room for doubt or 'wait and see'.  And what was going on with the internal doors?  I had a friend who lived in tower block in New Cross.  She was on one of the top floors, but I always felt 'as safe as houses' within her home.  Her front door was at least 6 inches thick, and completely impenetrable by man, beast or fire.  At one time, there was a fire 3 floors below her - the flat was completely burned out, but my friend's biggest grievance was the soot on her curtains! 

To those marching I would say, make your demands absolutely clear.  In my opinion, every borough in the UK should be tearing down the plastic they wrapped around their previously safe tower blocks now.  If I were a resident in a block with the same cladding, I would immediately buy a fire extinguisher (though the Councils should issue them), and I would keep those death trap panels permanently soaked, because sure as eggs is eggs, the arguments over who pays for the work could drag the issue on for months or even years.  Some no doubt, will already be suggesting upping the rents to pay for it.

To those fighting for justice for the Grenfell Tower victims, get your demands straight and get organised!  Between you, you probably have a good idea of how many people are unaccounted for.  Use social media to get the truth out there.  There are no official statistics from 'the establishment' - not knowing how many survived, and who survived, adds to the fear and speculation.   

as to how many died.  I personally think the playing down of the numbers dead, will be among the scandals revealed when the Inquiry eventually ends and no-one cares anyone.  That's why the public should be informed now.  There is a real battle between fake news and real news at the moment, and the fake stuff is losing.  Everyone has iphones these days, any attempts by this tory government to put the blame on the poor guy with the dodgy fridge or those smoking weed is dead in the water.  The fire spread because the Tory Council wrapped the social housing in flammable plastic to make the view more aesthetically pleasing to their voters.  In 4 years time they will say the idea is absurd, so let's remember it now, before it gets buried. 

*   How many people are missing?  This figure seems to be absent from all media reports.  As an onlooker, the nearest I have heard to a 'figure' is the 172 live calls to emergency services, where the traumatised responders had to tell callers to stay in their  flats and the equally traumatised fireman had to accept they couldn't rescue them. 

*   It is imperative that those who survived Grenfell Tower be rehoused within the same postcode.  Those marching right now have a voice, and that voice must be used to prevent social engineering which is designed to rid affluent areas of those who would lower property prices by their presence.  It IS a class issue, begun with the bedroom tax, and pursued with a war on the indigenous Londoners not in the  5 figure earning bracket.  Remember the end goal of this ideology, is gated communities and tent cities.

*   At the moment emotions are high - ergo, this is the time in which to make demands that WILL be met.  Transparency would be a good place to start.  If the 'Inquiry' for example, should start to wander off into the realms of tenants' anti social behaviour and they brought this on themselves - the tenants should be allowed to say, 'wtf the you lying bastards' and it should be annotated alongside the expert opinion.   

Theresa May is right in that lessons need to be learned, what she hasn't grasped is the fact that it is she who needs to learn them. 


Friday, 9 June 2017

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL - LABOUR'S BACK!



The gloaters who post here, are, as expected having their day, but there are no tears from me.  On the contrary, for the first time in decades I am filled with hope.  Jeremy Corbyn has won over more seats than any Labour leader since Clement Attlee.  He has started a Movement that has spread the length and breadth of the UK - and not only has he proved his critics wrong, he has won them over. 

Theresa May has literally ripped the rug from under herself and her party.  The tories already had a majority, she did not need to call an election, and history will probably record her error as vanity.  It was HER campaign, her tagline was 'vote for ME'.  She wanted the public to give her free reign to handle the Brexit negotiations as SHE wanted without informing the public of what she was doing.   

The public have overwhelming rejected Theresa.  Yes, her personally, because that was her USP.  She arrogantly believed the electorate would support her (hidden) manifesto without knowing what it was.  And then she thought she could hide away (pretending) to do 'Brexit stuff' while the plebs fought it out at the hustings.  

Hard Brexit, as illustrated by the total collapse of UKIP and the 29 Labour gains.  She cannot now go into Brexit negotiations with the unweildy hand she wanted and the alliance she has made with the Ulster Unionists won't help her - they don't want the same Brexit she does.   

Most, if not all, of the commentators I have heard today, have predicted another election, probably within a year.  Now imagine what last night's result would have been if Jeremy Corbyn had had the support of his PLP and a fair, unbiased press?  That won't be a problem with the next election.  The Labour Right have accepted Jeremy's anti austerity and public investment policies as the way forward, and they will be fighting for them in the next election.  Blairism is over.  The Labour Party have a new  'winning formula', they have returned to their core voters and their core values and despite all the naysayers, it is working.  Granted the MSM probably won't change, but they are rapidly being overtaken by social media and on the ball news websites.  The days when Rupert Murdoch could influence a General Election are over..  

But I promised Reasons to be Cheerful and here they are:

1.  Theresa May does not have the authority of the British people to tell our European friends and neighbours to pee off and her negotiations will have to be open and transparent.

2,   TM does not have the authority to go for a Hard Brexit - her new best buds do not agree with it.

3.   TM cannot push through her policies for social care or cut the heating allowance for the elderly.  Her new best buds don't agree with that either.

4.  Now the PLP are moving over towards Jeremy's ideology, TM will no longer be able to push through further cuts or sell off the NHS.  Like Trump, she will have the job title, but no power.

5.  The UK have now seen Jeremy Corbyn as the honest, caring and passionate politician that he is, rather than the frenzied newspaper coverage that portrayed him as some kind of revolutionary threat to everything British. 

6.   Jeremy Corbyn is going nowhere.  He gets knocked down, he gets back up again - and everytime he gets back up again, he is stronger.  We all have much to learn from him.  Maybe that is what makes him so formidable - Theresa May has visibly crumbled before our eyes, unwilling to face him head to head. 

7.  And not the last by any means.  We are not facing 5 years of weak and wobbly Theresa and the small party of NI extremists she is cosying up to. Her days are numbered, there will be another election and the tories will self combust if they keep her as leader.  Matters not to Labour whether TM stays on or not.  The Movement has begun, the face of British Politics has changed, this is just the beginning.  

 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

NO DEAL MEANS I SCREWED UP


After watching Theresa May's weak and wobbly performance on the Jeremy Paxman interviews last night, it is astonishing that anyone could trust this unlikeable woman to negotiate anything.  In the suit she wore to meet 'Loadsa Money' President Trump, she patronised the audience with her 'I know best' but she was left without words when the inhumane consequences of her 'difficult decisions' were laid bare by the policeman, the midwife and the teacher.   Like a robot with a loose connection and no spanner, her set replies and her hard beady eyes spun out of control.  By the end she looked flustered and unhinged as she launched her new slogan 'No deal is better than a bad deal'.  A couple of xenophobes shouted 'yes' and one man stood up to applaud then sheepishly sat down again, (son shouted 'splitter') as the camera panned out - but it was clear, the word we came away with was disaster.  

Jeremy Corbyn by contrast, engaged with the audience, he took the time and trouble to win them over.  Not with fuzzy talk about a national debt that is being heaped on society's poorest, but with a positive message of hope.  Things don't have to be this way.  He remained poised and relaxed throughout, confident that he had done his homework and confident in his ability to transform the lives of millions. 

Theresa May spoke about Europe as if they are they are enemy!  Jeremy Corbyn spoke about Europe as friends.  The message that we want to continue our friendship with our nearest neighbours, could not have been clearer in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.  Even those who voted to quit the Union, didn't want to fall with out them!  
Our friendship with Europe has kept us in peace and prosperity and prosperity since WWII, safe in the knowledge that we may be a small island, but the nearest continent has got our backs. 

With her hard Brexit, Theresa May is causing unnecessary hostility and conflict and as any historian will tell you, that kind of negotiation technique never ends well.  Like Donald Trump, Theresa May cut an isolated figure at the recent NATO summit, she is making us friendless.  Cosying up to Trump has done her no favours, Angela Merkel has now said Europe can no longer rely on the USA and the UK.  Who the hell wanted that?

In trying to appease that very, very, small section of British society who blame everything on immigration,  she is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  We don't want to be offshore island of Trump's America, or a tax haven for the world's greediest.  We are an advanced, mostly educated, society, we LIKE our multicultural society, we welcome diversity.  Donald Trump played the 'immigration card' that is he appealed to those who held xenophobic and isolationist views.  Though not so obvious, Theresa May is doing the same - that is she hopes to pick up those Nigel fans who can't take to Paul. 

But let's cut to the chase.  You would literally have to have been born yesterday, if you think sending an uncompromising hard nosed battleaxe into delicate negotiations with 27 nations,  we really want to keep as friends, is a good idea.  She has called this snap election because she has already failed.  She wants public backing for NO DEAL because she is too authoritarian and belligerent to make one.  That is, when she takes her ball home and says 'I'm not playing anymore' she will have the backing of all the UK citizens she has just tarred with the same petulant brush.