Welfare

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.

Keir f*ckin Starmer?

Congratulations to Tony Blair, for managing to hold on to the Labour Party even after Corbyn. Congratulations to Israel, and their army of trolls, to the centrists who’ve now ensured a people’s uprising and J K Rowling, now she’s got her red Tory party back. She can keep it, all 3 voting members. Felicitations to every oppressive regime on the planet, including India, America, and every other lying scheming white supremacist endeavour quaking in its boots at the prospect of a socialist movement that would have righted the wrongs of the past 500 years.

I’m never voting again. Not for Labour, or the Greens, or any other party with a vague leftist energy. Democracy is a lie, we discovered that with our own eyes and ears, in case there was ever any doubt. If you’re sick and tired of all the lies, and the slander, and the duplicitousness then you can rise up against it, you have the power.

One of the side effects of being under lockdown and feeling like you might die is a desensitisation to the threat of death. I should know, I felt less afraid of it with every run in. People who have nothing to lose, not even their own lives, make governments afraid. The Labour Party is dead, now it has turned its back on its most disenfranchised voters. The Tory Party is also dying, rapidly losing any cred it might have conjured with its policies to oppress, as a result of the policies to let our loved ones die so that the fittest might survive. Even fascists have grandparents.

The UK political system is in its death throes and the only thing for it is a revolution. We all have the power to create the kind of world we want to live in, we just have to stand up.

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.

Social distancing for the socially inept

Being on week two of self isolation, without symptoms, I’m what you might call socially conscious. Sure, I have underlying health conditions so may be at higher risk but more than that I am truly afraid of passing something on that could prove fatal. I couldn’t live with myself if I knew a loved one or even a stranger with a compromised immune system met their fate because of an avoidable exchange with me. I suppose social isolation is second nature for some of us, we’ve had enough practice under the Tory’s hostile environment but then I also genuinely care about people; so there are lots of motivating factors ensuring I stay at home for the foreseeable.

The British public, however, aren’t like me and my friends. For years they have been told by the government and other proud Britons in print media and state broadcasting they don’t need to care about anyone else. They don’t have to care about Europeans, or Muslims, or refugees, or women of colour, or victims of child sexual assault perpetrated on by white predators. The great British public thronged beaches and public parks over the weekend, when people should have been in isolation, or at least keeping their distance, instead crammed together for maximum exposure.

For centuries they had believed their own hype but for the latter part of the last century they were considered somewhat of a joke on the world stage; no one likes British tourists or our sense of entitlement. Just a couple of days ago France requisitioned trucks carrying face masks bound for Britain. Decided, just like that, to hold on to them. It had also threatened to shut the border if Boris did not comply with their demands to take more stringent measures and Boris folded. Yay sovereignty.

If our premier is struggling to take this seriously and consider all the dangers, then what hope in hell do the general public have? The government, along with morning TV hosts like Lorraine Kelly and Piers Morgan have launched scathing attacks on the public for their selfishness, resorting to shock tactics like imagining the corpse of a loved one between yourself and the next person as a way of measuring social distance or shaming people for their panic buying, when self interest has been de rigeur since Thatcher and has even infected the socialist left with its centrist contingent ensuring we always get a right wing government whoever we vote for. You can’t encourage individualism then bash the British public when they don’t understand what it is to be socially conscious, they need to be taught by example.

We are headed towards unprecedented levels of suffering. In just a few days the death toll is going to sharply rise. The years of drip fed propaganda reassuring Britons they are a breed apart and impervious to the usual ills will be their downfall. Just like Brexit ensured we are vulnerable to the worst outcomes in this crisis, because we think we’re better than everyone else when the reality is we are isolated and unendearing, coronavirus will have found a happy home in a population ignorant to the needs of the whole.

When the father of your prime minister goes on record to say he, as a senior citizen at risk of contracting the virus, will still go to the pub if he ‘has’ to, against government advice, then similarly entitled solipsists will follow suit. Perhaps this will be our reckoning.

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.

My Corona

Struggling with the art of social distancing? Climbing the walls as you self quarantine? Spare a thought for those of us who’ve been in an almost constant state of isolation since the British government and policing authorities decided to ignore the laws of the land and let racists run riot. Most days I have only my dog for company, unless I pop down to the local shop for smokes, then I exchange a few sentences with the shopkeeper about the weather or the latest spate of racist attacks.

I won’t lie, I’m tickled by these shenanigans. The Chinese thought they’d fuck with Muslims and now the world is fucking with them for infecting us all with a virus that made the leap from animal to man, as though it were the first. People are shocked when you explain this isn’t the first time this has happened and in fact, this is what the British were best at, spreading disease as a form of biological warfare, upending entire civilisations in the quest for world domination. I guess the west judges others in the only way it can, via its own cultural lens and foreign policy exploits.

I have underlying health conditions, mostly a sort of hangover from the many years I spent hyper-vigilant and afraid. Eventually these stress inducing bastards take their toll on the body and it starts to malfunction. Added to this the fact I have been a smoker for over half of my life and I could be a candidate for respiratory distress. I’m not afraid however, death doesn’t scare me, if anything I’m curious about crossing over.. it has to be better than this ~gestures vaguely~ and as a millenial, I’m not the only one to have made their peace with it. My brother has been living almost exclusively on Chinese food for the past fortnight, taking advantage of people’s lazy racism for the speedy delivery times but also because he’s a good egg and wants to support the underdog. I fear for some of my elders but on the flipside they won’t have to live through the systematic dehumanisation of Muslims, or worse.

Part of me is convinced I already contracted Covid-19 a few weeks back when I was suddenly hit by the worst cold and flu symptoms. The cold got into my bones and I was shaking violently, in pain, so I wrapped myself up like a chimichanga and rode it out. Then followed explosive diarrhea. Every time I coughed I felt my skeleton judder, a dull throbbing pain from my head to my toes but after a few days I perked up. Boomers have not been so resilient though.

I know people are going to say I shouldn’t laugh at the misfortune of others, cos it could be me next blah blah but coronavirus seems an easier way to go than all the ways I have catastrophised over the past decade. Boomers thought they were so clever voting us out of the EU and electing the Tories but if I were a mystical sort I might feel like the universe or Allah was settling a few scores. Nadine Dorries is self isolating after testing positive, a bit of news that had me frankly guffawing into my lap, especially when her comings and goings in the week leading up to her diagnosis were shared. In fact more politicians are being infected than you would have by statistical chance. A higher power may well be at play here..

Y’all said Corbyn would wreck the economy, but which is worse, Corbyn or Coronavirus? The FTSE 100 fell by more than 10% in its worst single day since the 1987 crash. This is my life now, laughing at the proudly privileged in their darkest hours. However, I’m sure the economy will recover in record time what with all the panic buying. We’re all prepped and ready for the apocalypse and if it doesn’t happen then at least we’re all stocked up till the summer. Hand sanitiser is a bigger commodity than gold right now and as an avid dog walker and pooper scooper I am revelling in my sudden wealth.

Coming from a Muslim background we’re hot on hygiene too. Hand washing is second nature, as is butt washing and ensuring you’re pleasant to be around in crowd situations, so you’re not the focus during prayers. This could go some way to explain why African and some Asian nations have been slow to contract the virus compared to Europe. Perhaps France could take this moment to reflect on its face coverings ban, and question whether there is some logic to it after all.

This entire debacle has exposed the state for what it is, a blag we all buy into that dissipates rapidly under scrutiny. As the state forces through new laws to arrest people suspected of illness, Boris Johnson has implored tech bosses to join the fight against coronavirus, in a move that is surely a slap in the face to the many 1000s of victims of white supremacist forums, who’ve been denied justice with one excuse or another on how it is impossible, because of issues of impartiality or free speech or laws on taste and decency. It could have been as easy as they have just demonstrated, a digital Dunkirk, or Dresden in this case. I stand by my initial hypothesis, that tech bosses and white supremacist governments joined forces to curb the free speech of non whites and spread fascist propaganda and they’ve always had the power to make it stop but didn’t because they want dissenters dead, by any means necessary, whether a school shooting, or incitement to suicide, they were always all in it together.

Just like this here Coronavirus, a reminder from the cosmos, that we might put on airs and graces and feel entitled to more than our fair share on this planet earth but in the end we’re all just scared confused organisms, vulnerable to all the same ailments, sure to return to the earth.

Praise be.

The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Do the centrists, the red tories, blue labour, old new labour, or whatever the fuck they’re going to mutate into have no shame whatsoever? For years they have undermined the Labour movement, and its leader, conjuring up lies that were debunked 1000 times over yet it made no difference to the narrative because it was always in their hands. It didn’t matter how many times Corbyn apologised for antisemitism, not when they controlled the flow of information, backed by billionaires and obscenely powerful people devoid of conscience or care for anyone other than themselves. They’re still at it, even though they’ve ‘won’.


Frankly, does anyone give the slightest fuck what Neil Kinnock thinks about the direction the Labour Party should go? As if we need to hear from someone who was such a catastrophic failure himself. They’re chomping at the bit to forcibly expel Corbyn, to make way for someone of their choosing. Far from what the media has been telling us, it was middle class voters, not the working class, that lost us this election. Now they want to install one of the MPs who ensured this defeat, as leader of the party, effectively stifling the spectrum left of centre.


We exist. We matter. If it were not for people like us, we would have died out as a species long ago. Wherever humanity has made great strides it is through working together, with empathy and choosing altrusim, for the greater good. Without people like us there would be no society, no civility. If we all stopped caring for others, doing only what benefits us, we are savages, and savages pursue empire, and power, and coercive control. Do we stand by and allow this to happen, shrugging that it’s democracy? Is it democratic to run a dishonest campaign, to slander and malign your opponent? Why are we playing by the rules when there are none? We can try to analyse the why and wherefores but the system is broken and any information we take from it is spoiled. We need to snap out of this toxic interaction and stop bargaining with our oppressors.


Can’t bear the thought of more sick, homeless and dead? Protest. Worried for the safety of your neighbours friends and family? Organise. Set up your own watch. Make links with other groups. Police yourselves. Give food where you can. Try not to waste any of your own food.


Just because they won, doesn’t mean we lost. We don’t de-radicalise ourselves to fit better into the hellhole they construct, we resist even harder. We can still have our revolution y’know, we don’t need permission.

Tim Walker MP Has Proved His Humanity

When Nigel Farage revealed his fascist party would not be challenging any of the Tory’s seats it was as though a line had been drawn in the sand, placing all of the fascists both in and out of parliament firmly on one side. This was an unwelcome development when I had laughed just days earlier at Boris Johnson’s response to Trump and Farage’s proposal they form a pact to push Brexit through. He said no, which was actually quite surprising but it seems as though Farage just won’t be deterred.

It was heartwarming then, to see Tim Walker the Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury announce he would be stepping aside because he did not want to split the Remain vote. Reassuring is also how I would describe it, because it seems as though he has an accurate grasp of the political climate and isn’t so arrogant to assume his party has any chance of competing with Labour. He has realised party politics is second to the potentially catastrophic effects of a fascist run brexit and his conscience is literally not letting him sleep at night. Ironically I want him to be an MP because he is not ruled by his ego but his humanity. He knows that Jeremy Corbyn is essentially a decent man and whilst he would not vote for him, he could live under his rule. He has chosen humanity over more of the same divisive and life threatening policies inflicted on the British people by the Tories and their radically entitled counterparts UKIP and co. He could not live under a fascist leadership and so took a stand. He chose love not hate and he will probably sleep more soundly for it. I wish him the sweetest and most pleasant of dreams and send my best to him and his loved ones.

Sadly we cannot trust the Liberal Democrats as a party. Following Tim’s news they released a statement suggesting they would field a candidate against Rosie Duffield because power is more important to these weasels. They actively want a hung parliament because they know they have no other chance of being voted in, it’s what they do best, pretending to stand for something, proving time and time again they’re just Tories who expect a thank you. Do people still not understand what is at stake here? I guess when you’re not personally affected by austerity or fascism, there’s no drive to prevent it.

How you vote in this election will define you for the rest of your life. it will have an effect on your children and your grandchildren; from healthcare to early years provision, consequences for tax dodging billionaires and free education for all, these policies will impact on each and every one of us. Aren’t you done with austerity and the deluge of hate that hasn’t let up at all?

Tell the Lib Dems you care for more than just Brexit, that’s just one of our many problems. What happens when they’ve achieved Remain, if they do at all with their shoddy election promises?

Vote for peace. Vote for equity and equality. Or instead vote for more death.

This decision DEFINES you.

(PS: It must be very comforting for people who have political theory to fall back on, and a comfortable job they got because of their elite education, which affords them the time to sit around reading books and judging people who have nothing, for daring to vote at all. If you can seriously hold on to your radical principles at a time when most people are mobilised and ready to vote because their very lives depend on it, I’d suggest you take a long hard look at your privilege and accept you’re just not desperate enough to do whatever it takes.)