Human Rights

Less Mosquito for Everyone!

I’m about to do something I never do, at least never on this blog. I haven’t sold out, I’m genuinely bowled over by this product and want everyone to experience the miracle as I have. It’s literally life saving stuff

If like me you are a veritable feast for the creepy crawlies all around us then read on. This is not a sales pitch* but a testimonial, from one begrudging victim to another, I have never been more pleased with a purchase in my entire life. I was so impressed I contacted Incognito to pass on my glowing review and impulsively offered to become a product ambassador for them, I was that enthused. They unexpectedly took me up on the offer and sent a box full of their various lines, 16 in total, and whilst I passed a few around to other long suffering pals, I am pleased to report they enhance the already magical properties of the PMD oil found in their roll on and sprays, by minimising the amount of body odour that is detectable to critters. From the crystal anti-deodorant to the citronella oil and bath soap, each product is designed to work in synergy with the others, to provide a layering cloaking effect leaving you completely invisible to bloodsuckers of all kinds.

Impressively Incognito also repels many arachnids, like ticks, which, for an avid dog walker and lover of our four legged friends, is a massive bonus, obviously I don’t want to risk Lyme disease but it gives that extra reassurance on top of the regular flea and tick treatment I give to my dog. I simply apply the roll on to my hand and wipe down her fur. 

With each new fact I learn, I am even more excited about the potential for its uses, not only is it providing me with 100% protection against bites that I’d suffered with my whole life, to which I reacted very badly, I can use it on my dog, which in turn could bring her vet fees down considerably. When Frida squatted down to wee over an ant’s nest recently she was bitten several times which resulted in oozing lesions. Frantic, as I wasn’t immediately aware of the cause, I emailed the vet some pictures and after identifying them correctly she was prescribed an ointment for £35. I decided to keep an eye on them instead and luckily they resolved themselves after a few days. I started applying the roll on to her then and am pleased to report it was an isolated incident, she has been bite free ever since.

Incognito doesn’t kill bugs as other repellents may do, it just repels them. I’ve seen flying creatures make a bee line for me then swerve at the last minute. I’ve watched them hover around my window, under which I’ve placed an Incognito room freshener, then buzz away completely disinterested by the inviting bright warmth of my abode.

For 3 years I have managed to avoid attacks that would blight and infect my skin, and it was an attack. Once whilst camping I fell asleep with my hand outside the tent and awoke to find it had swelled so I couldn’t move my fingers. It was intensely itchy and painful; I spent the rest of the day pressing crosses into the skin with my nails for some relief. Another time I met with some friends on the green up Brixton hill. I was devoured through my clothes, my entire back bobbled like a mogwai erroneously fed after midnight! A friend had a zap ease contraption that she applied to my back for me but it was a number of days before those welts went down, during which time I could barely sleep, or sweat, without sobbing a little. I’ve since learnt horse flies have saw like jaws instead of individual teeth and I’m convinced this is what caused the carnage that induced an audible gasp in those caring for my back.

When I moved to a house that is not far off from a boggy body of water, I knew I had to take the health of my skin seriously. I love the great outdoors and would live in a tent if I could but have always been somewhat hesitant because of the way nature can turn on me. In the past I have used products containing deet but spent the time consumed with guilt at all the creatures falling like flies, and concerned for the effects long after I’m gone. I took my hunt for an ethical sustainable protection system seriously. I spent varying amounts on products because I reasoned the cost was unimportant, when it was something so crucial to my well-being. I have mosquito guards for my windows but the odd pesky one would still sneak through. I have used cosmetic repellents, essential oils, luxury moisturising repellents, clinical looking and sounding ones but when I chanced upon Incognito my interest was certainly piqued, it contained every single repellent herb and oil I’d ever come across, and it was making some rather bold claims, about how it was 100% effective, for much longer than any other brand, and this whilst being gentle enough to use on 6 month old babies. I reasoned Ocado wouldn’t stock snake oil, not if their commitment to trading standards is worth anything. At around £8 it’s on the reasonable end of the scale too. It absolutely did not disappoint and they found a loyal customer for life in me.

As if I needed any more convincing, their new suncream insect repellent is such a useful product when under the sun: it has broad spectrum protection SPF30.

The secret process has long been a thorn in the side of big pharma who are predictably resistant to the concept of an ethical multi use product that would bite into their profits. Just look at any seller’s comments sections for the 1 star reviews, claims such as that they didn’t know incense sticks could set fire to plants, as though that is the fault of the product and not the end user. I’ve used Incognito’s incense sticks for 3 years and never run into any problems, because I understand fire safety and do not leave flammable items unattended. Reviews such as these bring the overall ratings down and it is not a massive stretch to consider they might be malicious. If anything it makes me even more determined to help Incognito succeed. 

In a world that is rapidly changing so that we the people will no longer stand for the planet destroying endeavours of corporations just in it for themselves, Incognito shines a beacon for the way ahead. It uses sugar cane packaging for its products, and is committed to clean energy, not just in the production but the running of its offices and transportation systems. I highly recommend you check them out and get yourself the protection you deserve against what seems to me, increasingly hostile and hench bugs. The changing weather is bound to have an effect. PMD oil has also been shown to kill some coronaviruses and is currently being tested against SARS-COV-2 and whilst the results are still pending, it doesn’t hurt to use it as a hand-sanitiser as well. 

Keep an eye out for the 15% sale coming soon to their website!

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*I have not received any payment for this asides from the samples pictured

God is a communist.

The first time my brain entertained the concept of a Godless world I spiraled into a deep depression. I’d excitedly announced I might be an atheist, following an acid trip made of existential nightmares, when I discovered the answers to the universe and beyond but as the reality of what it meant settled in, I lost the ability to feel anything, even the bad stuff. I found myself doing dangerous things just to feel something. I made people cry and felt good about it. I climbed the walls searching for my soul, and grieved for it, honestly believing I’d lost it forever. I existed like this for 6 months or so before my erratic behaviour landed me in a situation where I was forced to reconnect with my body and the outside world but that’s another story.

Religion came easy to me as a small child but on reflection much of that was performative. As soon as I was old and brave enough to choose my own labels, as a young teen, I rejected the faith ascribed to me at birth. It wasn’t just because of the sexual assault I was subjected to by my mosque teacher, or the consistently punitive elders who shoved Islam down my throat at every opportunity, the fire and brimstone kind at that, I just didn’t think it was very cool or conducive to a good life in Britain. I wanted to be like the natives. I searched high and low for a faith I could get on board with, all in, but always stopped short of committing to anything because in the end they all sound the same, secure in their superior worship, incapable of appreciating anyone else’s perspective.

The depression stemmed from the realisation that a world without God was a world without justice, and so it had been for the duration of my life. With every injustice my search for a benevolent God waned, until about a month ago, when the blasted coronavirus hit our shores. 10 years of austerity, of suffering and despair, thousands dead from preventable illnesses and neglect with the architects showing no signs of compassion or mercy until a virus, invisible to the naked eye, forced their hand into socialist action.

The most vulnerable in our society are being given packages of food and other essentials, dropped to their doorsteps, free of charge. I know because I have 2 disabled nieces and the government has been in touch. This is anarcho-communism, where we look after the most vulnerable and ensure their safety. We cannot expect them to go back to the old ‘normal’ when this is all over, these people cannot work, and even when all is well, they struggle to leave the house. Sure, the state only offered because it is first and foremost concerned with its own image, after its bid for herd immunity prompted calls for the resignation of ‘Boris the Butcher’ but for now it has been forced to do the right thing when it always said it was impossible. Let there never be another attempt to cut welfare for these people, there is no justification.

The NHS is slowly being afforded its dues too. Boris and pals spent a decade dismantling health services until God decided to show them up. In an about turn, politicians have been scrambling to secure PPE for staff and ensure that there are enough ventilators and oxygen. If we’d had a fully functioning NHS Tories might have slept better over the past month instead of facing the ire of the international community, relegated to the back of the queue following our sham exit from the European Union. 80 odd MPs have written to the government asking for the student debt of NHS nurses to be scrapped, particularly as they are risking their own lives on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. This is just common sense to anyone with even an ounce of humanity, to show gratitude to those who go above and beyond. The British establishment has never been very good at compensating the helpers, whether Gurkhas or the Windrush generation, they take and they take, entitled as they are, and discard them without a look back. 19 frontline NHS staff have already sucuumbed to the virus and if the numbers keep on rising, our collective love and appreciation for the NHS will turn into anger. The government has no choice but to cherish the NHS and its army of workers.

Within the NHS coronavirus is exposing the disparity in healthcare for minorities. A notable percentage of victims have been BME, and reasons given range from ineffective communication owing to language barriers to elder Muslims and Sikhs refusal to distance themselves from their places of worship. It’s much simpler than that, BME groups are not taken seriously for a start. From paramedics to receptionists, the gatekeepers are often white and decide whether or not you receive treatment and how quickly. In Birmingham people in the Asian community are afraid to go to Heartlands hospital because they believe they won’t come out again. My own father begged the paramedics not to take him to Heartlands the day before he died but they didn’t listen. My grandmother died in the same hospital. When my niece was diagnosed with a malignant condition a white doctor advised us to forego treatment and let her go so she wouldn’t suffer. We didn’t listen, and she’s still here, 12 years on. Medical care for non whites is like a lucky dip, you never know what you’re going to get and often you have to do all the research and find out what’s wrong with you before you can convince a doctor to run further tests. God is exposing racist rainy fascist island for what it is, no matter how much the natives bleat on about how it isn’t.

Today the home secretary Priti Patel launched a campaign to reassure domestic abuse victims they are not alone. In a similarly pointless exercise as the clap for the NHS (when they need equipment and funding not empty gestures) Preet asked for people to draw a heart on their palms and share their pictures. Apparently this will also show abusers people are watching and help is available. Actually, most abusers do not identify their actions as being abusive, my own dad was horribly violent but would share petitions regarding support for victims of domestic abuse demonstrating such empathy that there are still people in our extended family who don’t believe us. There is some hope for victims however; one perp was handed a sentence of 42 weeks for spitting in his wife’s face and saying he hoped she died from Coronavirus. In my experience you have to be on your 3rd or 4th domestic incident to receive such a lengthy sentence but Coronavirus affects us all so the authorities are actually taking it seriously (unlike domestic abuse in general).

Priti is throwing 2 million at women’s services in the hope they can slow the rising death toll from domestic homicide. It was the Tories who cut abuse services by 50% when they came into power. When I worked in DV 10 years ago, 2 women a week were being murdered by their intimate partners and now there are 5. Coronavirus has exposed the state for the many ways it falls short of its contract to protect and serve. This is just one of a growing number of issues that have been thrust into the spotlight on which the government is going to be forced to act.

The money grubbing universities are going to go bust if the government doesn’t rescue them. That’s what God thinks of your extortionate uni fees, Tories. There isn’t a day that goes by that doesn’t reveal one development or another as the sublime work of a higher being. The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News UK, publications that vilified Jeremy Corbyn and polarised Britain’s Jews from the rest of the nation went bust just a couple of days ago, citing Coronavirus as the cause. God surely works in mysterious ways but sometimes it’s as clear as the nose on your face.

There’s something deliciously righteous about the British lockdown following the Brexit debacle. All those swooning about freedom and sovereignty must be going stir crazy and feeling completely and utterly helpless in their solitude. Some religious people believe this is a warning shot for those who have lied cheated and schemed, to humble themselves and acknowledge power is fleeting but I think it’s a helluva lot more than that. Most religious people will agree that we are all equal in God’s eyes and should be treated as such but in reality that is impossible in a white supremacist capitalist state and those disparities are never really questioned or understood. Coronavirus is forcing us all to pay attention. We all said Twitter was the great leveler but we replicated the same injustices online. We can carry on as we have been carrying on, arranging people into hierarchies of deserving but God isn’t going to stand for it. We are all susceptible to pandemics.

I cried once for the absence of a God and all the hardships I would endure, knowing there was no justice at the end but I’ve changed my mind and it’s suddenly crystal clear. Who knew 2020 would be so spiritually enriching? Ironically, I finally feel alive.

People will die if the government wants them to

“People will die if lock down is ignored” so say the latest government ads. Meanwhile the government continues to ignore the very real threat of homelessness and destitution as a result of said lockdown, which is forcing people to leave their homes.

We, the people, agree to be governed by the state in return for certain protections, public health being one of the most crucial. Never mind that the government has deliberately underfunded and even sold off sections of our national health service (and it is this systematic disassembling of our public health system that is the primary cause for any shortfall in care) or that Boris the Butcher publicly declared his intentions to let the weakest among us die in the interests of herd immunity, devoid of any feeling that these are our family members they are referring to, the state has resolved to blame us, you and me, for the rising death toll.

A few days ago a local friend told me they’d seen a news report suggesting shoppers were flouting social distancing guidelines by queuing right next to each other at a supermarket on Kings Heath High Street. My friend passed by on a bus shortly after the footage was filmed and everyone was standing an appropriate distance apart. It was projected from such an angle that it appeared to illustrate the point of the story, that members of the public are ignoring government advice, which may leave them no choice but to enact a full lockdown, otherwise known as martial law. This framing of the situation, and worryingly by Channel 4, as dishonest and sinister as it is, should give us all cause for concern.

The government is aware that the death toll is about to rise sharply, it is aware that it is to blame for the state of the NHS. Compared to other nations, Britain chose to dally on its public health advice, giving conflicting and incomplete guidelines on how best to manage the situation. Children should have been taken out of school a whole week earlier than they were, we did in my family, so long as we were aware that we were “choosing to remove the children in term time against government advice”. My sister and her husband reasoned it was worth risking a truancy court appearance, to keep the children alive. In Saudi all school kids were immediately quarantined but life did not cease to exist, they continued to learn from their homes, their teachers providing virtual classrooms for minimal disruption to their way of life. Public spaces got a deep clean, the Jeddah based Arab News (equivalent to the BBC) put a face mask on its logo. Government, media, and the rest of civil society are working together instead of at cross purposes. They are spoilt for choice in their supermarkets, and nobody is living in fear of financial ruin. Commentators are comparing Britons to refugees because of the panic buying and resultant price gouging, two pre-indicators of a mass humanitarian crisis. It’s like the state took a bad situation and decided to make the worst of it, they’re still on track to stripping us of our human rights, safe in the knowledge there is no authority in the world that can make them comply with universal basic human rights.

I could very well be wrong and I can’t always articulate why I have a hunch about things but a pattern seems to be emerging among the victims of Covid-19 that raises questions about the type of care patients are receiving. At first we were told it only really affected the elderly, those aged 70 and over, especially if they also have underlying health conditions but we’ve seen much younger victims, even teenagers. Almost all are from working class backgrounds, at least the ones I’ve read about in the papers. Contrast their experiences with that of the rich and famous and it throws up even more questions. Prince Charles, at 71 years of age, is out of isolation. George Alagiah, TERMINAL CANCER patient, survived the coronavirus that killed a 21 year old Spanish football coach who died an hour after testing positive for Covid-19 and leukaemia. It could well be that the privileged have healthier lifestyles and increased immunity, they have better access to nutritional food (some reports have suggested high doses of vitamin C might afford better protection) and even individually tailored private healthcare. However, we live in a society that proudly boasts a 2 tier system of deserving, reveling in its greed and disregard for those less fortunate. I would not put it past them to favour curative treatment for the privileged, keeping the rest of us in the dark. It’s just another tool for the state to weed out undesirables, it has been party policy ever since they were elected.

The government had an opportunity to submit to the will of the people and work together as a society to protect each and every one of us. There is only one way to ensure we all make it through intact, through universal basic human rights that ensure we can continue living during this battle for our survival. It is absurd landlords can continue to demand rent from tenants who are not working and barely making ends meet.

People will die if the government continues to play games with our livelihoods.

People will die if the government does not step up and demand banks, landlords, employers etc back the fuck off the British public, allowing us to safely self quarantine without running the risk of destitution.

People have already died.

5 DEMANDS

People have lost jobs, homes, incomes.

People are taking risks to provide for their families.

The government continues to give conflicting advice on who should and shouldn’t work.

If people die the government is to blame.

Here Rupert Read explains how the government always planned to just let a bunch of us die and is preparing to blame us for this eventuality.

Mental, like me

It was unnerving to realise that I feel at home in these times of Corona because it’s pretty much how I’ve spent the majority of my life, under someone’s control, surviving from one day to the next. I have obsessive compulsive disorder or I did until I got a grip on it but it’s serving me well right now. Sure, my hands are a little bit cracked from all the washing but I learnt to counteract the negative effects with some mindfulness and self care. I remember to moisturise and I use mild handwash. I never forget to wash my hands if I’ve been outside or touch my dog and I rarely touch my face unless I’m settled for the night and there’s no chance I could touch something riddled with germs. This could very easily spin out of control but I’ve got to hand it to my first therapist, she really fixed me. Or rather, I did with her help, and my controls are working.

Isolation isn’t out of the norm for me. Surely the last wave of solitude was brought on by nazis and the state, if you can tell the difference, but it’s not the exception rather my default position. Like a mouse I scurried out at points in my life determined to get away from who I was but I always retreated to the safety of my biblical/Platonic cave. Perhaps this is why I don’t seem to have aged very much, I’m not doing and seeing all the things you’d need to for a lived in birthday suit.

As a small child I wasn’t permitted a life, I never had sleepovers or holidays with my pals (or even my family), the first time I left the country I was legally an adult and had run away from home. All the way through my schooling, I left the house at 8am and returned by 4pm at the latest, effectively under lockdown. After school clubs were out, but I pushed against this and became the captain for the quiz team and various sports and only barely managed to get permission after I made the teachers impress upon my father that it would look good on my long term record. Everything was a battle, I couldn’t even get my hair cut though I would later chop off an inch a week and wear it up so granddad wouldn’t notice, but he eventually did and I, predictably, got a beating. I had reasoned in the end I was going to get abuse whatever I did so would make it worth my while. This is how it mostly went until I ran away aged 15 and spent more time in isolation, off school at a critical time, my entire future hanging in the balance, travelling to and from Birmingham daily from London to do my GCSEs. I passed and even got 4 As though might have done a lot better if I’d had any stability. I survived then like I’m surviving now.

Weirdly it feels like the world is on my level for the first time in my life. People understand what it feels like to be so disconnected from everything and grieving for a future we can’t say for certain exists anymore. People are feeling the pain of separation, from their friends and way of life. The sheer mind-numbing drudgery of staring at the same 4 walls day in day out with no escape. Let there never be any judgment of people who are forced to claim disability benefits with the reasoning they CHOOSE to sit at home and do nothing all day. Would you choose this? Oddly I’m having a better time now than I was before Corona, there are people at home and everyone is free to talk, no excuses like work or extracurricular activities to fall back on. It’s brought me closer to my family; I can spend 5 hours just calling each relative in turn and hearing about how bored they are. It’s great.

I, like many of the nations cats and dogs, am grateful for the extra attention and the way it has stripped away the labels we apply to ourselves. Some people (the government) haven’t quite caught on to this yet but as Jeremy Corbyn pointed out the other day, they’ve already proved we have the money and will to make things better for all of us.

It was always doable and now we must insist it is moving forward. No one should be expected to carry on as normal with their financial obligations when their income has been cut off in the best interests of society. Society must step in. People literally cannot afford to sit at home and risk their homes and businesses and if the government doesn’t rescue every last one there should be hell. It is madness that rents and mortgages haven’t been suspended as other countries have done. I can’t blame people for taking the risk if it means they’ll be left homeless or hungry as a result if they do nothing. If more people die it will not be the fault of workers but the government who failed to provide adequate measures.

Socialism – by hook or crook

Dare I say it? In and among all the horrifying news reports, a trend is emerging that has me quietly delirious in my joy.. I’m not averse to the general mood, my body is marching on regardless of my attempts to soothe it in these trying times and voiding my bowels in a rather dramatic fashion on a daily basis where once it was a monthly ritual. It’s a flight or flight response I’m well accustomed to, never with this much frequency but I digress, let me bring your focus from my arsehole to the dicks up in parliament.

I admit I wasn’t so convinced Coronavirus was real, with all the fake news of the past few years, what’s another made up, racist at that, calamity when the government is in a spot of bother and needs to turn our attention away? However it would appear they really are caught up shit creek without a paddle and haven’t a clue how to manoeuvre themselves out of it, which would be absolutely terrifying were it not for the way society is moving on without them. The National Education Union wrote to the government to point out the inconsistencies in their policies regarding Covid-19 and advised the government schools be shut down but the government failed to respond so the NEU went ahead and released their advice to the general public. The next day the government released a statement echoing the NEU’s proposals, down to provision for the children of front-line staff. THAT’S anarcho-communism in action, folks! Fuck the government! Anarchy isn’t (just) smashing up buildings and flipping the establishment the bird, it’s people led power. Anarchy is a world without rulers not rules and communism makes it equitable for all. We all have the power to demand what is just and right, and we can make it happen, as the NEU demonstrated beautifully.

But that’s not all that has me buzzing with excitement, all across Europe financial institutions are having to roll back their demands, as though the decision were out of their hands entirely. The UK is a little behind with its opportunistic attempts to land people in even more debt through no fault of their own but I have a sneaky suspicion the people have hit their limit when it comes to capitalising on the suffering of others. This virus affects ALL of us. It isn’t something that only targets the poor, or women, or children, or the disabled, or the black, brown, or queer, this virus doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you’re a social justice warrior or an alt right incel, you can’t pit groups up against one another, we really are, for the first time ever all in it together.

This is mother nature/God/the cosmos inflicting socialism on the world. She’s ceasing the means of production and directing it towards hand sanitiser and ventilators for the masses! Ordinary people are stepping up, fetching their neighbours medicine and food, even the supermarkets are prioritising vulnerable groups. The government will be worn down on all of its inadequate planning because this is personal, for every last one of us. It has already made people desperate and irrational, this isn’t something the state can afford to take lightly. First they came for the toilet rolls, next thing they’ll be coming for the government.

Corbyn will step up, he already has.

Let go of your Brexit woes

If, like a number of my friends and family members, you have spent the weeks since the election despairing for the imminent future, compounded by the Brexit shambles in recent days then I have a few suggestions to ease your suffering, because there really is nothing the working classes, leftists, people of colour, the disabled or any other marginalised group can do right now, apart from sit tight.

We should remember we have always been good at organising and taking care of each other. We are still communists, anarchists, socialists, whatever position the state takes. If anything we are more of these things, because they rejected the compromise many of us made, to find a comfortable centre for genuine leftists (centrism is not and never will be leftism). Many of us de-radicalised ourselves because the option of a Corbyn led government was by far the best solution, for all except the 1% and wannabes, or at least it would have been a good starting point for a more egalitarian society. We have never been more radical than we are right now, we have undeniable proof democracy is a lie. It is no longer just a theory espoused by privileged middle class white kids, easily dismissed as a puerile response to authority.

Instead of living each moment in dread of the next news cycle, switch your notifications off and ignore the headlines. I have done since the day after the election, when the sneering got too much. The odd tidbit of information trickles through but I’ve stopped poring over every detail, because I haven’t the power to affect anything. As a non believer I still pray because they’re affirmations of one’s own spirituality and inter-connectedness with everything, and they’ve taught me patience, for eg the serenity prayer really strikes a chord with me in these trying times. Can I change anything? A resounding no. I tried to prevent it, dedicated a decade of my life to it, I could not have done anymore. Do I have the courage to step up if I am needed? I think I’ve proved to myself I have and will. I have the wisdom to know the difference too, it is futile to work myself up into a state right now.

Communists, anarchists, socialists, we will be ok. We share. We are innovative. We are battle ready. Muslims live in a perpetual state of charity, so if you’ve got a Muslim friend, you’ll be fine. Brexit is going to adversely affect the very same knuckleheads who voted for it; those who shun outsiders, and think sharing and caring is for snowflakes. It’s going to affect the skilled white working class, and the non skilled white working class. Land Rover cut 500 jobs just the other day and many more are to follow suit. Industry was pretty much dead in the UK anyway but it’ll be nonexistent soon enough.

Whether it is a car or a computer, parts are sourced from all over the world, and added on to products as they make their way through the supply chain. Without free movement and trade deals, those revenues are lost, those jobs are cut. We don’t grow enough food, we don’t make enough medicine, and the immigrants who were willing to do it for us are no longer welcome. We haven’t got the clout to demand things as we have been, we are the world’s toilet. We are a laughing stock, and the world is about ready to turn its back on us. Yet I am the most peaceful I have ever been.

I realised that a lot of the fear I have is for other people. I felt everyone’s oppressions as though they were personally happening to me but with a little distance I realised I could easily exist in a bubble, and recuperate before I am useful again. I tell my folks to make themselves strong, lift weights, pick up a martial art. You could buy a book on the art of foraging, and familiarise yourself on walks to the woods, it’s actually a fun thing to do. There is no better time to become self sufficient, we cannot trust the state to care for the people.

If there’s anything I learnt from the past decade, it’s patience. Love on your nearest and dearest, have fun, go a little wild and stop reading the comments. We’re in it now. It’s on the middle classes and upwards to use their structural power to change things but if they fail, we will rise up to the challenge, batteries re-charged. The fascists, the little Englanders, they’re about to learn the consequences of their humanity hating actions and I for one am going to revel in the pettiness and laugh at their misfortune. The Tory party should prepare for complete and utter annihilation at the hands of their own supporters.

Be kind to yourself, comrades, no one else has the power to make you happy.

Who’s the Most Prolific: Reynhard Sinaga or Jimmy Savile?

When the news of the ‘most prolific rapist’ in the UK broke, I resisted biting, because I’m frankly nauseated by the way the mainstream media has retained all of its problematic features, and continues to peddle fake news and propaganda, with gendered reporting being the least of its worries. Fascism trumps everything, at least that’s how I’m approaching things these days, although there is a direct link between fascism and domestic violence. It came hot on the heels of another news report, I’m thinking specifically of The Sun and how it chose to present the story of a domestic homicide, focusing on the new male partner of the primary victim instead of the gendered violence that led to the fatal attack. This is just how they’re going to frame things now, because the fascists are in control and they absolutely hate women.

In its 2nd day of reporting (leaving me no choice but to react), this case is unusual in that the victims were all men. Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian national, allegedly the most prolific rapist in British legal history (I guess it has to make it to trial to be considered), was convicted of luring heterosexual men to his flat where he raped them whilst they were unconscious and filmed the attacks. Since the initial report there has been some speculation that other victims may have come forward. Whilst I am glad this monster is off the streets and happy justice has been served, it provides a stark comparison for female victims of sexual violence, how the legal system takes rape seriously when the victims are straight men, and how they are afforded the appropriate responses; their previous sexual histories are not brought into question, nobody cares that they were drunk or consensually entered his flat. Sinaga will not be considered for release for a very long time having landed a 30 year sentence. I’m forced to consider whether he would do less time if he had been white and this angers me, that in an unjust system I am moved to contemplate the human rights of a rapist.

Is he more prolific than Jimmy Savile with 1300 victims, whom the cops were always aware of yet did nothing about? How about John Worboys, the black cab driver who was alluded to as the most prolific at the time of his conviction even though he was only found guilty of attacking 12 women, despite the fact that more than 100 victims had come forward? What makes Sinaga’s victims more believable than Worboys’?

If Sinaga had been white, if his victims had been women, or even children, the British media wouldn’t be so sensationalist. With the upper echelons of British society embroiled in sex abuse scandals stretching back decades and conviction rates being at an all time low despite the numbers reporting being higher than they’ve ever been, the British media is choosing to misrepresent rape culture so that white men, who make up the largest proportion of sex offenders in the UK, committing the worst acts (on young babies), are nowhere near as prolific as this foreigner targeting straight (possibly white) men.

There is something deeply disturbing about all of this, and to me, suggests predators are controlling the narrative, firmly pointing the finger elsewhere, whilst the real demons carry on uninterrupted.

The most prolific rapists in the UK have the protection of the establishment and the legal system, and you’re never going to hear about them.

What do Uighurs, the Rohingya and Muslim Indians all have in common?

I wrote about the plight of the Uighurs recently, and asked whether we are looking in the right place to make sense of the reports coming out of China, that it has enacted a ‘final solution’ for its Muslim minority by placing them in ‘re-education’ camps and subjecting them to torture. China is not the only Asian country to have implemented oppressive measures with their Muslims minorities in mind, it follows Myanmar and its genocide of the Rohingya, not forgetting the momentous anti government protests erupting across India, in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Kashmir and Karnataka, condemning a law which offers amnesty to all non Muslim migrants from neighbouring countries. Secularists oppose the law because of the distinction it makes on the basis of religion and how it undermines the Indian constitution. Earlier this year Modi’s far right fascist Hindutva government stripped 2 million people of their citizenship in the state of Assam. With each step, India has dehumanised its Muslim population so that it becomes easier to do with them what it will.

Laws do not erase human rights violations, Geneva Conventions exist for this reason. It was perfectly legal to keep slaves at one time, and to rape your spouse in Britain, as recently as the 90s. Laws are not magic, they are not ordained by a higher power. Law makers are often monsters, appeasing other monsters.

Perhaps India and Myanmar signed on to the same treaty Victor Gao repeatedly offered as an explanation for China’s actions. He insisted that the camps were within the remit of the law, and this was endorsed by 50 other countries. Modi is changing laws so that he too can glibly offer the same excuse when humanists come knocking at his door. Subtracting Myanmar, China and India from the total leaves 47 countries, and aren’t you interested to find out who they are? Shouldn’t we turn the spotlight on them and ask why they are signing treaties we are not privy to? These supposedly anti terror conventions could be closed door meetings on ‘The Muslim Problem’, with each nation slyly nudging and winking their way towards a Muslim Holocaust. The West is pulling all the strings, leaving developing Asian nations to hold the front line, reassuring them that without European human rights they are free to do as they wish, within the constraints of their own constitutions.

The West is still dividing and conquering, as it has done for 500 years, making promises to all enemies of Islam that they are stronger together in fighting a common enemy, except when the shit hits the fan, the west will sit back and feign complete ignorance. Oh, it threatens to take away our human rights (those laws standing between us and our respective failed states) but I now think this is just for show, to reassure our human rights defying allies we are not far behind. Theresa May promised an assault on our human rights almost 10 years ago, but we are still in possession of them. Boris vowed to do the same, when he was re-elected, but I’d like to see him try. He has since appealed to his critics for peace, knowing full well the conditions for an uprising are optimal. They cannot take our human rights away, it’s asking for trouble. Instead it is an empty threat, to reassure those who are already in breach of international law.

Aung San Suu Kyi should ask where all her western supporters are, now she is under investigations for human rights abuses at The Hague. China’s government should stop signing on to anything promoted by the west as a shared common interest because it hates China more than it has terrorism in common with them. India, in typically foolish fashion, must consider how it promised to be a world superpower by 2020 and how it has utterly failed in this respect, no doubt curtailed by all the broken promises western capitalists made, when it led us into a global recession. Modi’s critics grow daily, and the protests show no sign of waning.

Non white heads of state and leaders of nations should know by now they are just puppets in this system of white supremacy. It has been constructed in such a way to condemn anyone who resists it, as a terrorist, and to be an ally you have to submit to the notion whites are in fact supreme. Non whites will always be subordinates, tugging on the sleeve of their oppressively white big brother, scapegoated in the end as the real oppressor, because weak people who lack principles are so easy to stitch up.

Watch the west invade the east to save all the Muslims, just like they did the Jews, and how all protestations hinting to the actual truth will be dismissed as avoidance on the part of the perpetrators, just as Mehdi did with Gao.

History is doomed to repeat itself, because we deserve it.

Antisemitism under the Tories

In the run up to the general election the right wing and allegedly centrist talking heads really drove home the point that a Labour win would mean a rise in antisemitism, comparing the anti racist leader to Hitler and equating socialism with nazism. This assertion, devoid of any actual truth, minimised the growing threat from the actually fascist Tory government and erased its pernicious hostile environment in favour of cheap tactics to destabilise the opposition and confuse voters. It worked, not least because a sizeable chunk of the British electorate are card carrying bigots, pining for world domination; as a dangling carrot, Brexit was the only motivation they needed. The Tories lied, and nobody cared and now we must all face the repercussions.

I wonder if Rachel Riley paused for breath when she launched her scathing attack against Labour, to think of what it might mean for her unborn daughter, to grow up in a world where the truth can be so easily manipulated in the pursuit of power. I wonder what she’s feeling today, in the wake of the attacks both here and the US. You can’t blame a Labour government for these incidents, the Tories are in power both sides of the pond, elected by white supremacists. Currently conducting their own investigations into members alleged to have engaged in antisemitism, Tories are hardly friends of the Jews, at least not those outside of the 1%. Why hasn’t Boris Johnson publicly apologised? Why hasn’t he expelled the guilty parties? Perhaps Rachel Riley could lead the campaign to hold this government to account for the ways in which they have forsaken the Tory voting Jewish community, or perhaps not, because maybe, just maybe, she doesn’t give a shit about anyone but herself and will raise her little princess to conduct herself in the same ruthlessly power seeking way.

Rachel Riley and friends (Tracey Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan etc) seem to be working against the best interests of the 300,000 strong British Jewish community. Propaganda works in a variety of ways; it alienates the community that is being given preferential treatment (compare the condemnation of antisemitism to any other form of racism) and singles them out as an ‘other’. Othering immediately polarises groups, “why are they special?” In the latest spate of attacks on Jews in Britain, the offenders are frequently black, a racial group that is historically subjugated by all others. Imagine what it must be like for black people who are denied their heritage, their violent histories, scapegoated, cast aside, to see this seemingly white passing group of individuals, blonde and blue eyed in some cases, claiming to be the most racially victimised and being granted that status by the establishment. If you weren’t already mad, it might push you over the edge. This is what we are witnessing now, a backlash to all the dishonesty where regular Jews are brutalised for the actions of a malicious minority.

It’s not the first time this has happened, historically. Wherever there has been a holocaust, a genocide, be that Jewish, Rwandan, Bosnian, Indian, Congolese, etc etc it has been enabled by malevolent forces from within one’s own community. This is not to say the buck starts and ends with them, they do not hold ultimate power but the oppressors wouldn’t get very far on their own. The Mughals demise began with the tattle tales of the extended family, feeding the British tidbits of privileged information that ensured their demise. Of course, the British turned against their informants too, but no one was around to see them get their comeuppance and the shame of what went down has effectively curbed any attempts at reunification for all parties involved. The British were sneaky like that, breaking a thing so badly, it is impossible to put it back together, just look at India, Palestine and Ireland for proof.

Human behaviour isn’t very unique or groundbreaking, but utterly formulaic. If you sell out your friends/comrades/community, you’re marked out as disloyal and unpredictable. It might win you favour with the oppressor, but only whilst you’re functional as a useful idiot. When they get what they came for, they’re gone, leaving you to bite the dust. Rachel Riley should be made into a cautionary tale or a nursery rhyme, to teach future generations about wolves in sheep’s clothing, or at least a t shirt with a doctored image and outstanding royalties. She is by no means alone; there were a number of red flags we should note; when organisations purporting to protect Muslims, like Tell Mama, come out in support of virulent islamophobes such as Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch in the fight against antisemitism, we should be afraid for all regular Muslims and Jews, especially socialists. When allegedly left leaning magazines like the New Statesmen (with its variety of bigoted staff) claim they are resisting antisemitism by taking a stand against a leftist Labour, you know we’re through the looking glass. Tories (shy or otherwise) crave power and socialism was such a threat to their tax breaks they sold entire communities out. They do not speak for us.

No Gods, no masters, only solidarity with workers wherever they’re from. In this rising tide of fascism, we are each other’s allies.

Resist the fake narratives and ffs, read a history book.