Always Right

Always Right

UKIP are not an alternative, they are an establishment safety-valve.

By Ian Bell

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has surged in support, most recently in this years by-elections with an increase of 24%, and enough to beat the Tories into third place in some areas.

Many predicted that UKIP would win 500 plus seats at the County Council elections last May. In fact they only won over 140 seats but averaged 25% of the vote in the wards where they were standing.

If this trend continues UKIP stands a good chance of gaining the most votes of any party at next year’s European Parliament elections.

But will it ?

For a Party gaining so much support it is very odd that few people seem to know much (beyond opposition to the EU) about what they actually stand for.

Many people I have spoken with were shocked by the Third Way article on UKIP and Zionism (which drew press coverage).

They simply did not know how slavishly pro-Israel they are or how keen they are on a conflict with Iran involving the risky use of UK armed forces which doesn’t serve our national interests.

Similarly, when Solidarity published a leaflet attacking UKIP for their employment policies and support for stealth privatisation of our NHS the reaction of most was: “I didn’t know they stood for that”.

People simply had no idea that they wanted to turn the clock back to the days before people had employment rights. When people are informed that UKIP want to victimise workers by scrapping legislation protecting working hours, holidays, overtime, redundancy and sick pay the reaction is often one of shock.

Women in particular are horrified when it is pointed out that UKIP want to scrap their discrimination protection and plunge women back to facing sexual harassment and discrimination on jobs and pay.

Following the death of Margaret Thatcher more people have become aware that UKIP are essentially right-wing Tories – selfish, callous Thatcherites who don’t give a damn about ordinary folk.

That’s why it is so sad that UKIP’s “core supporters” are “a poorer, more working-class, and more deeply discontented group who closely resemble supporters of the BNP and European radical right parties”.

UKIP have nothing in common with the BNP which has spoken out against cuts in public services, the austerity agenda and privatisation.

UKIP wants compulsory “workfare” schemes for anyone on benefits, greater privatisation in education, and a part-privatised “national health insurance” model to replace the NHS.

Nick Griffin, attacks Labour for betraying the British worker whilst, in contrast, Nigel Farage attacks the Conservatives for not being Conservative enough.

The Tories failed in Eastleigh, Farage said, because “traditional Tory voters look at Cameron and ask themselves: is he a Conservative ? And they conclude, no, he is not.”

The Daily Mail‘s Peter Hitchens described UKIP as “the Thatcherite Tory Party in exile”.

Small wonder then that Farage, writing in the Times, said that the need for UKIP would have “never arisen” if Baroness Thatcher had remained in power.

He revealed his true leanings and strategy further in an exclusive interview with the Sun:

He said: “Coverage of her death has reminded people what a real Conservative leader used to be like, and they contrast it with this current lot. I believe it is likely to drive more people towards UKIP, I really do.

Mrs Thatcher was able to get working-class people voting Conservative — the C2s, as they are famously called. That is UKIP’s key target support area.”

On one level this attempt to cash in politically on the death of Margaret Thatcher might seem like the smart move for Farage and UKIP.

But will this opportunism ultimately win or lose support ?

The problem for Farage is that, as the debate surrounding her funeral indicated, Thatcher was a deeply divisive figure.

Do UKIP supporters really believe in his and her selfish, callous views on welfare and public spending ?

Figures in the Independent show that more than 40% of UKIP supporters oppose the Tories’ cap on tax credits and benefits, 43% want increased spending on public services, and more UKIP supporters than Lib Dem supporters believe that “the government is cutting too deeply”.

As the Spectator pointed out many UKIP supporters don’t even see themselves as “right wing“:

“Ukip voters are not as right-wing as you might expect (or at least they don’t see themselves that way).

Just 46 per cent describe themselves as right-wing or right-of-centre, compared to 60 per cent of Tory voters. 23 per cent place themselves in the centre and 13 per cent on the left.”

There is a contradiction between UKIP’s extreme Tory policies and the instincts of a lot of its working-class supporters.

The more the ultra-Tory policies of UKIP are promoted by that Party, debated in the media and publicised by political opponents the greater the number of UKIP supporters will be who question if they are backing the right horse.

Even some officials and candidates worry about the extreme Tory agenda being promoted by UKIP.

Ken Bell was due to be standing for Pendle Central but a row broke out over the reasons why a UKIP candidate had decided to step down from May’s county council elections.

He had to withdraw his nomination due to the lack of support he would receive if he were to continue to run. Earlier in the previous month he was suspended by UKIP’s North-West organiser Dr Fred McGlade.

Mr Bell said: “I went into UKIP thinking it was a party about the EU.

I didn’t realise it was a Margaret Thatcher fan club. I tweeted my sympathies to the devil on the day that Margaret Thatcher died, and all hell broke loose.”

Ken Bell learned the hard way that UKIP are Thatcherite Tories. Like Thatcher UKIP are playing the immigration card to draw working class people (rightly concerned about the impact on services and jobs) to vote for them. It is a sham.

Thatcher spoke of her understanding people who feared that we were being “swamped”, once elected she let in the Boat people !

UKIP speak of EU migrants (the ones you can criticise because they are white !) but say little of immigrants from elsewhere. When their candidates step out of line on immigration they are quickly de-selected.

Just look at the case of Phil Collins who said the wrong things to VICE magazine about Islam and immigration. In the Bristol Evening Post a UKIP’s spokesman said: “Phil Collins is no longer chairman of our Bristol branch, and following the comments reported in the press about immigration will not be standing for UKIP in the forthcoming council elections”.

It’s up to us to get people asking that question. UKIP should not be ignored by Nationalists and they certainly should not be given any support. UKIP should be confronted.

The fact that the Ex-EDL Leader Tommy Robinson urged support for UKIP at the polls indicates only his lack of political understanding and maturity.

The UKIP constitution forbids membership to supporters who have ever belonged to the BNP, the National Front, the EDL or other nationalist organisations..

They are not interested in being “polluted” or “infected” by Nationalists or Nationalist ideas ! (Their words).

A UKIP spokesman told the Independent: “We find the EDL not just abhorrent, but stupid because it looks at people as groups rather than individuals. We don’t share their aims or ambitions.

I think (EDL leader) Tommy Robinson has a rather inflated view of his importance.” A very one-sided love affair !

Real nationalists care about the people and have a sense of pride in the mutual obligations we feel to one another and assistance we offer in time of need.

We don’t want to wreck the NHS or take benefits away from those that need them. Real Nationalists want radical change to spread direct ownership and give a real stake in the economy to individuals and families up and down this land.

Sure, we want to improve the way our public services and systems function but we don’t want to undermine them or lose them. We must hammer home the message that UKIP are not an alternative, they are an establishment safety-valve.

They are dangerous because they aim to fool working people into voting for Thatcherite policies which are against their interests. People should be made aware of the true reactionary nature of UKIP. We must burst the media bubble that is the UKIP vote by patiently pointing out their true policies.

Policies which worship the market above all other values. If there is no genuine Nationalist candidate in an election then the only true protest is to abstain or spoil the ballot paper.

A vote for UKIP is not a protest but a vote for more of the same – only worse !


The sexiest scrum you’ll see ! Oxford University women’s rugby team strip off for charity calendar

  • Female team stripped down to just rugby boots and socks 
  • Raising money for Mind Your Head, Oxford’s mental health campaign

They have imitated the success of their male counterparts on the field.

And now Oxford University women’s rugby team are copying the boys by posing for their own naked calendar.

With only strategically positioned hands to maintain their modesty the players leave little to the imagination.

Line out: The Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club (OUWRFC) present their first ever naked calendar which features current members of the team on the pitch, in the gym, in the library, and around Oxford

The female team stripped down to just their rugby boots and socks for the black and white photographs taken around the city.

Tatiana Cutts, 25, who tackles teammate Danielle Yardy, 23, by the river in the September photograph, said it was ‘mostly hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good cause’. 

The law PhD student at Keble College, who lectures undergraduates part time and is the club captain, said: ‘It was a bit nerve-racking at first but after a minute it was good fun and great for team bonding.

'We were lucky it was a sunny day, but I was still absolutely freezing in the picture. We ended up in the river twice, it was utterly miserable.' 

Miss Cutts, who is from Tavistock, Devon, and went to Devonport High School for Girls, dismissed the idea that the calendar is distasteful. ‘What we’re doing is celebrating strong women,’ she said. ‘These girls are athletics, these are their body shapes, and they should be celebrated.’

Posing up: The female team stripped down to just their rugby boots and socks for the black and white photographs taken around the city

The women’s rugby team, who have the motto ‘Back Yourself’, decided to pose for their own calendar after previously helping to sell the men’s calendar.

Club president Elizabeth Dubois, from Dartmouth, Canada, who is studying for a PhD in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at Balliol, said: ‘We saw the success of the men’s calendar last year and while were helping to sell them at matches people said “if it was your team in the pictures, we would buy one”.

'Playing rugby is certainly an opportunity to build skill and physical strength, but it is also a chance to release stress, form a social support structure, and feel welcomed.

Good sports: The girls described the day as ‘mostly hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good cause’

'With this calendar the club hopes to highlight the inclusiveness of women's rugby.

'When you play women's rugby people have a stereotypical image of you and we wanted to confront that. We have girls of all shapes and sizes, and studying all types of academic subject.' 

The calendar features current members of Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club on the pitch, in the gym, in the library, and around Oxford.

It is being sold for £10 to raise money for Mind Your Head, Oxford’s mental health awareness campaign.

To visit the calendar website click here.


New iOS 7 has a handy auto-upload-to-Facebook function. Be careful taking selfies if you’re deputy mayor of London

New iOS 7 has a handy auto-upload-to-Facebook function. Be careful taking selfies if you’re deputy mayor of London

Pub closures due to rising ‘Asian’ population in Blackburn

PUBS in Blackburn are closing at an alarming rate, according to new figures.

Statistics published by drinks trade analysts CGA showed the town to be one of the worst in the country for pub closures last year.

And one local councillor said the rising Asian population in the town was a contributing factor

Geoff Sutcliffe, landlord of the Rising Sun in Whalley New Road, said ‘street corner’ pubs didn’t stand a chance over the next 20 years.

He said: “I wasn’t at all surprised to hear 20 per cent of pubs had closed in 2012 because I have lived in the town all my life and can see what is happening.

He said: “In my day, we would go to the pub three or four times a week.

“It was the social centre where you would meet up with friends, but over the years it has changed. Young people don’t come to the pub on a regular basis any more.

“And there is nothing we can do to change that. It is just the way it is and the way it will continue.”

Landlady of the Alexandra in Dukes Brow, Sue Ainsworth, said she was just about surviving in the difficult trading conditions.

She said: “Touch wood we are breaking even at the moment, but it is a constant struggle.

“People think that when pubs around you close it will make it easier but it doesn’t work like that as people want a run (of pubs).

“When I first came in here there was the Revidge Run, which people would do every weekend.

“But I don’t know if we will ever be able to recover from this situation.”

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations for Blackburn brewery Thwaites, said: “We have to recognise social demographics and consumption habits are changing. Many people now simply do not drink.

“It is inevitable that some pubs that were once vibrant, are now no longer sustainable.”

Veteran Blackburn councillor Ashley Whalley, who became one of the first 250 members of Camra when he joined in 1973, said it was difficult to change the fortunes of pubs in the town.

The former regeneration chief said: “……there is an increasing number of people in the drinking age in Blackburn who do not consume alcohol for religious reasons.”

… but there’s still some cheer about

DESPITE the challenges facing many pubs in Blackburn, some have bucked the trend.

The Black Bull in Brokenstone Road closed in 2009 after its trade declined, but it reopened two years ago after microbrewery Three B’s took over and it is now thriving, said bosses.

Martin Hall, sales manager at the microbrewery said: “We have been going against the grain in the area at the moment as we have been quite successful.

“In June, we won we won the Blackburn Camra pub of the year and came runner-up in East Lancashire.”

Mr Hall said the fact the pub had its own microbrewery on the premises made it an attractive prospect for customers.

He said: “We do brewery tours on Saturdays and people come for a drink and have a look around the brewery.

“Real ale is the big thing at the moment and we have eight different ales on the bar at all times.

“And it is our ales that people want to try. We did have guest ales on but found they didn’t sell.”

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My very own ‘Three B’s Brewery’ glass - CHEERS !

(Source: lancashiretelegraph.co.uk)


To All Who Fought for England

 

Soldiers of King Alfred’s land,
    Faithful ones who died;
Who in Holiest Presence stand,
    Washed in crimson tide;
Even now you may have read
    What God hath in store
For the race that Alfred led—
    Peerless prince of yore!

You that fought and would have died
    Had it been God’s will;
You, by fiery battle tried,
    Who are with us still;
May He bless and guide your ways,
    While our England’s made
In the swiftly coming days
    All that Alfred prayed !

 

George Hull - (1863-1933) one of ‘The Blackburn Poets’


How long will leftist media and politicians refuse to face reality ?

Islam’s ‘Rule of Numbers’ Explains London Beheading

May in London, two Muslim men shouting jihad’s ancient war-cry, “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a British soldier with a cleaver—in a busy intersection and in broad daylight. They boasted in front of passersby and asked to be videotaped.

As surreal as this event may seem, Islamic beheadings are not uncommon in the West, including the U.S. In 2011, a Pakistani-American who helped develop “Bridges TV”—a station “designed to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims”—beheaded his wife. In Germany in 2012, another Muslim man beheaded his wife in front of their six children—again while hollering “Allahu Akbar.”

Beheading non-Muslim “infidels” in the Islamic world is especially commonplace: in Yemen a “sorceress” was beheaded by the “Supporters of Sharia”; in Indonesia, three Christian girls on their way to school were beheaded; in Syria last Christmas, U.S.-supported rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to the dogs; in Africa—Somalia, Tanzania, Mali—Christians are regularly decapitated.

Most recently, a disturbing video surfaced from “liberated” Libya of a machete-wielding masked man hacking at the head of a captive—again, to cries of “Allahu Akbar!”

But the greater lesson of the London beheading concerns its audacity—done in broad daylight with the attackers boasting in front of cameras, as often happens in the Islamic world.

It reflects what I call “Islam’s Rule of Numbers,” a rule that expresses itself with remarkable consistency: The more Muslims grow in numbers, the more Islamic phenomena intrinsic to the Muslim world—in this case, brazen violence against “infidels”—appear.

In the U.S., where Muslims are less than 1% of the population, London-style attacks are uncommon. Islamic assertiveness is limited to political activism dedicated to portraying Islam as a “religion of peace,” and sporadic, but clandestine, acts of terror (Fort Hood, Boston, etc).

In Europe, where Muslims make for much larger minorities, open violence is common. But because they are still a vulnerable minority, Islamic violence is always placed in the context of “grievances,” a word that pacifies Westerners.

With an approximate 10% Muslim population, London’s butcherers acted brazenly, yes, but they still invoked grievances. Standing with bloodied hands, the murderer declared: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone…. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.”

Days later in Stockholm, which also has a large Muslim minority, masked rioters destroyed 100 cars and property. The grievance for this particular outbreak was that police earlier shot a(nother) machete-wielding “immigrant” in self-defense.

Grievances disappear when Muslims become at least 35-40% of a nation and feel capable of waging an all-out jihad, as in Nigeria, where the Muslim-majority north has been terrorizing Christians—bombing hundreds of churches and beheading hundreds of infidels.

Sudan was an earlier paradigm, when the Khartoum government slaughtered millions to cleanse Sudan of Christians and polytheists. Historically Christian-majority Lebanon plunged into a deadly civil war as the Muslim population grew.

Once Muslims become the majority, the violence ironically wanes, but that’s because there are fewer. And what infidels remain lead paranoid, low-key existences—as dhimmis—always careful to “know their place.”

With an 85% Muslim majority, Egypt is increasingly representative of this paradigm. Christian Copts are under attack, but not in an all-out jihad. Rather, under the Muslim Brotherhood their oppression is becoming institutionalized, including through new “blasphemy” laws which have seen many Christians attacked and imprisoned.

Attacks on infidels finally end when Muslims become 100% of the population, as in Saudi Arabia—where all its citizens are Muslim, and churches and other non-Islamic expressions are totally banned.

Such is Islam’s Rule of Numbers.

Thus as Muslim populations continue growing in Western nations, count on growing, and brazen, numbers of attacks on infidels—beheadings and such.

Most recently in France, which holds Europe’s largest Muslim population, another European soldier was stabbed in the neck by a pious Muslim.

The question is, how long will leftist media and politicians refuse to face reality, including by propagating the false “grievance” claim, which, once Muslims reach enough numbers—as is projected for Europe—will be discarded for the full-blown jihad?


Mass convergence called for tomorrow (Thursday) in Balcombe, Sussex.

Equipment is arriving now and Cuadrilla are planning to start drilling in next few days. This needs to be stopped ! See below for details. Spread the word !

Event: The Great Gas Gala!

Location: Lower Stumble, Balcombe, West Sussex
Time: From 7am onwards
Date: Thurs 25th
Website: http://greatgasgala.org.uk

Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in
Balcombe, West Sussex, next to the London to Brighton railway line, this
week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to start drilling by the weekend. The community in Balcombe is almost unanimously opposed to their village being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.

While people are welcome at any time, a mass convergence has been called for Thursday. People will be gathering at the site just south of Balcombe railway station on Thursday morning (25th), from 7am onwards. While getting their early will be good, since Cuadrilla are likely to be trying to bring more equipment onto the site, there will be stuff happening throughout the day. The event is planned to be a community-led carnival of anti-fracking revelry, with a very serious purpose. To stop Cuadrilla in their tracks.

See http://greatgasgala.org.uk for more details and directions to the site
etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and appropriate
clothing/sun protection. Picnics, cakes, tea-making facilities, friends,
banners, games, music, instruments, knitting (yellow and black – gasfield
free community colours!), blankets, chairs, tables, gazebos, small tents,
plastic cutlery/plates. You get the picture. Try to avoid bringing
alcohol, drugs, anything which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

Cuadrilla, who are mired in planning issues in Lancashire where their
first test well triggered an earthquake, are seeking to open a second
front in Sussex. Cuadrilla’s planned test well at Balcombe would be just
the beginning of a tidal wave of destruction, sweeping across the South
East. The licence blocks held by Cuadrilla and Celtique Energie in Sussex could see thousands of wells drilled and fracked, plus associated
pipelines, compressor stations and processing plants.

For an overview of the situation at Balcombe please see these articles:

* Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No
(http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-in-balcombe-a-community-says-no/)
* Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas
(http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-sussex-the-threat-of-shale-oil-gas/)


Published on Jul 3, 2013

Anne-Marie Waters gives her argument against Islam being a peaceful religion. 
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Anne-Marie Waters, council member of the National Secular Society, begins the case for the opposition by denying that she and her fellow opposition speakers cause fear of Islam and blames instead “the actions of Islam itself”.

She lists “9/11, 7/7, Mali, Somalia, gender discrimination, forced marriages, polygamy, amputation”, and many more. To the opposition’s claim that these acts belong to an “extreme fringe” which has misunderstood the words of the Qur’an, she described the executions for blasphemy and apostasy in Saudi Arabia, and asks “has there ever been a more spectacular misunderstanding?”

Waters concludes by arguing that it is the moderate Muslims who must “dance around meanings” and “stretch interpretations” when confronted with the fundamentally violent ideology of the Qur’an.

MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.
Yes’s: 286
No’s: 168
Filmed on 28/02/2013

ABOUT ANNE-MARIE WATERS:
ANNE-MARIE WATERS is a council member of the National Secular Society and a spokesperson for the One Law For All campaign, which argues Sharia law is incompatible with Western liberalism. She is a prominent journalist and campaigner, and is a member of the Labour Party.

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Latest public meetings on fracking in East Lancashire

PUBLIC meetings have been set up as part of the next phase of Cuadrilla’s exploration of Lancashire’s shale gas supplies.

The company is currently drawing up planning applications for sites where it intends to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas.

Planning consultants Arup are also preparing an environmental risk assessment for each site, which will be used to identify any potential risks, The drop-in sessions will be held at Freckleton Sports and Social Club from 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday July 23 and at Elswick village hall from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday July 24.

The company is also aiming to speak separately with residents about its plans for a new vertical exploration well, which would be used to provide new information about the quantity and composition of the natural gas within the rock.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “We’re are keen to take on board the views of local people as we continue to assess the full potential of Lancashire’s Bowland shale.”

FOLLOWING IS THE REPORT I MADE ON FRACKING.

Fracking: Loot, pollute and scoot !

As published on Third Way - Think Tank & Nick Griffin MEP’s websites.

by Ian Bell

Toxic and radioactive water pollution. Tap water you can set on fire. Earthquakes. Runaway climate change. All to produce expensive gas that will soon run out. So why are we doing it?

Our present system is addicted to fossil fuels but we are running out fast. As a result the system is turning to more and more extreme measures to feed this habit. Welcome to the world of extreme energy. Tar Sands, Mountain Top Removal, Deep Water Drilling, Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas are all symptoms of this scramble to suck the last and most difficult to reach drops out of the British Isles.

Concern has been expressed over the possible long and short term health effects of air and water contamination and radiation exposure to Britons by a method of gas production called Induced Hydraulic Fracturing or Hydrofracturing, and commonly known as ‘fracking’. Put simply it is a method used to free gas trapped in rock (that would usually be inaccessible) by cracking the rock using a pressurised fluid. Wells are drilled and the fracking fluid injected into them under high pressure to crack the rock. The fracking fluid consists of water, sand and a lot of chemicals. Millions of gallons of water are used to ‘frack’. Fracking has already become wide-spread in the United States where it is destroying the environment and making people’s lives a misery in many places.

Fracking is carried out in the United Kingdom by Cuadrilla Resources, though other companies have exploration licenses. Though not officially suspended, the process was unofficially suspended for nearly a year in the UK from June 2011 over safety concerns, but an expert report in April 2012 concluded the practice was safe, clearing the way for its resumption.

Protest groups have emerged since April 2012, with the major nationwide group being Frack Off, who are a grassroots direct action campaign aimed at stopping the spread of extreme energy in the UK but specifically concentrating on unconventional gas extraction. The group started off campaigning against use of fracking for Shale gas extraction with a banner drop from Blackpool Tower on 6 August 2011.

On 2 November the Frack Off activists stormed Cuadrilla Resources drilling site at Banks in Lancashire at 5:30am and 4 activists scaled the drilling rig and dropped banners. The action was timed to coincide with an industry conference, the Shale Gas Environmental Summit, in London and the release of an independent report commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources which said that their fracking in Lancashire may have triggered two small earthquakes.

Latest developments in the UK

Whichever way you look at it, Cuadrilla Resources have had a pretty dodgy couple of years. Following the Lancashire earthquakes the pressure has had a visible effect on the company. Direct action and grass-roots reaction has seen Cuadrilla ditch a CEO and repeatedly change their PR line up – most recently recruiting Bell Potinger ‘creative generalist’ Mark Linder. But for all the industry reports and government lip service, what is ACTUALLY happening in Lancashire ? Put simply, they are ploughing ahead – albeit massively behind schedule. Cuadrilla currently has five sites in Lancashire. Here’s a brief rundown of the state of play at each of them:

  • Anna’s Road, Westby – Francis Egan, CEO suggested in a recent interview that the UK’s second ever test-frack may take place here, where the company is also applying for permission to drill the UK’s first horizontal well. Cuadrilla are in the process of drilling a second vertical well at the site after their first attempt ran into trouble at 2000ft. The company are moving extensive seismic monitoring equipment to the area in an effort to avoid future well-damaging earthquakes via an early warning ‘traffic light’ system. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site although Cuadrilla have now said there will be no action here until 2014.
  • Preese Hall, Weeton – The site of the notorious earthquake that crushed their well-bore and halted the company’s ambitions to have thirteen wells drilled and fracked by the end of 2012. Having discovered a geological fault-line in the area, the company have decided to avoid the headache of causing another ‘seismic event’. There is currently an application to ‘plug and abandon’ this well by Dec 2013.
  • Grange Road, Singleton – Being within 3 miles of Preese Hall, it’s unlikely the company will be willing to risk fracking so near to a known fault-line. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site.
  • Bonnie Barn Lane, Banks – The Banks site was subject to exploratory drilling in 2012. If the company’s expired planning permission is extended, it is likely that subsequent work to be undertaken at the site will be involve a test-frack. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site.
  • Inskip Lane, Wharles – Cuadrilla have not yet built a drilling pad or undertaken any exploratory drilling at the site. It is unlikely that the company will be ready to test-frack the site in the immediate future.

If we are to win this fight to keep our soils and groundwater useful to life, we need to keep our eyes and minds on the big picture. And that means playing a long-game. Each of these planning applications is a valuable opportunity for intervention. Not because there is a chance of permanently over-turning any particular decision, but because objections cause delays and delays cost the company money.

Cuadrilla and the myriad of other fracking start-ups that have been granted exploration licenses by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) with some having no intention of exploiting and producing anything. They want to prove the existence of a resource then sell-out to BP/Exxon/Shell/Centrica/etc and retire to some palm-lined beach in the Caribbean.

Cuadrilla don’t make any money. They don’t produce anything. They have some city-investment that they’re burning through at the rate of £10m per well. If that money runs out before they’ve enticed a Big Oil buyer they’re history. Similarly, if the resistance is visible enough, investors will be wanting to place their dirty bets on a ‘safer’, less-public game.

Dart Energy

Dart Energy has submitted planning applications to Falkirk and Stirling County Councils, in Scotland, to build 14 new well pads with 22 new wells, around 20 km of pipelines to connect the sites, a gas processing facility and an waste outfall into the Firth of Forth, near Airth between Falkirk and Stirling. Their aim is to produce Coal Bed Methane (CBM) from coal seams around 850 metres below the farmland to the west of Airth.

This would be the first serious unconventional gas development in the UK, which involves gas production rather than testing. Dart and IGas, in Cheshire, have been producing small amounts of gas from a couple of wells and burning it on site to produce electricity. However this development will involve producing gas from a number of wells and feeding it into the national gas grid through a network of pipelines. Dart, and its predecessor Composite Energy, have previously drilled a number of test wells at the Airth site and two of the test sites will also be redeveloped into production facilities.

While 14 well pads may seem fairly modest, especially if you don’t have to live next to them, this is just the thin end of what could become a massive wedge aimed at the heart of the British countryside. Investor documents mention 35-45 wells in the Airth development so it appears there are already plans to expand this initial development even further. Beyond the immediate vicinity of Airth the PEDL 133 block covers 367 square kilometres of central Scotland and Dart is bragging to investors that the block may contain 597 billion cubic feet (bcf) of CBM resources (2C), which might require 600+ wells if it could all be exploited.

In fact, in their environmental statement for the planning application Dart say that other ‘clusters of wells are also planned for elsewhere in the License area’. On a larger scale Dart expects there to be around 4 times as much gas in its license blocks in the East Midlands, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Wales and Yorkshire, which could mean thousands more wells across Engalnd and Wales. Add on top of this potential CBM exploitation by other companies like IGas and a parallel wave of Shale Gas extraction and we are looking at the threat of the wholesale destruction of vast swathes of the British countryside.

In the case of CBM, the seams tend to be much closer to the surface than shale rock and also differ in that they are flooded with water. The main method of stimulating CBM wells is de-watering of the coal seam, rather than hydraulic fracturing, though hydraulic fracturing may also be needed to increase the permeability of the seam. De-watering involves pumping out millions of gallons of contaminated water (which has been marinading in coal for years) and disposing of it.

In many cases the cost of disposing of the produced water is the determining factor in whether the process is economic or not and there is a lot of pressure to minimise costs of disposal. The produced water can be up to 5 times more salty than sea water and may contain a variety of toxic and radioactive materials including heavy metals and hydrocarbons. In the US all sorts of scams have been used to dispose of produced water more cheaply, including spreading it on roads under the guise of dust suppression or gritting.

In Dart’s case they plan to dump all their produced water into the Firth of Forth via an outfall pipe, after minimal treatment. They are expecting to be extracting around 80,000 gallons per day of produced water once the proposed development is in operation.

So why will fracking destroy the British countryside ?

In the vicinity where fracking takes place the largest worries are water contamination. Fracking uses huge amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals, a large fraction of which are never recovered. The fracking fluid also leaches chemicals like arsenic out of the rocks when it is used making it even more toxic and so the fluid that is recovered becomes a big disposal problem. Even more worryingly the fracking fluid can also leach radioactive elements out of the rocks causing radioactive contamination as well. The contamination of irrigation water means that everyone’s food supplies could potentially be affected. Fracking in the United States has already resulted in numerous spills of these fluids.

In addition fracking has been shown to result in the contamination of water tables with methane. In some cases in the United States this has resulted in people being able to set the water coming out of their taps on fire. Fracking also triggers earthquakes and the first test well in the UK caused two.

Fracking, like other forms of extreme energy (e.g. Tar Sands), is very carbon intensive. You use a lot of energy (and therefore emit a lot of carbon dioxide) in order to get a bit more energy back. In the case of fracking this is because you have to drill a lot wells, since each one only produces gas for only a short while. Fracking has the additional problem that the natural gas (methane) that it is trying to extract is a stronger greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide emitted by burning it and the method results in significant amounts of methane leaking directly into the atmosphere (fugitive emissions).

If all the conventional fossil fuels already discovered are burned, that will emit more than enough carbon dioxide to cause runaway climate chaos. Trying to find more that can be burned to fuel civilisation’s addiction using these extreme energy methods is complete madness. We need to leave this nightmare fuel safely in the ground.

Why is fracking not a solution to anything?

Like all extreme energy methods fracking is a desperate bid to suck the last, most difficult to reach, fossil fuels out of out planet. It is a road to nowhere. Unlike conventional oil wells that produce for decades, the output of fracked wells quickly declines and more wells need to be drilled until there is nowhere left to destroy.

Nick Griffin MEP states:

"The fracking debate is full of deceit by those who stand to profit from shale gas, or see it as a weapon in neo-con geo-politics.

We are told that most fracking in the USA is by Small and Medium Enterprises. Yet few real SMEs have the capital or technology for fracking. What look like SMEs are more likely limited liability fronts for giant corporations. They exist solely to spare the parent companies the huge cost of eventual clean-up operations – which will therefore fall on taxpayers. The game is simple: Loot, pollute and scoot!

Claims of massive job creation are lies too. The Public Policy Institute of New York State claimed that 500 new wells per year would produce 62,000 jobs. Yet a review by Food and Water Watch showed that the true figure would be less than 7,000 jobs – scarcely one tenth of the promised boom.

In every part of the USA where shale gas is exploited, house prices crash by 25%, with environmental devastation from hundreds of platforms and huge poison slurry ponds. The longer term threat to water supplies will be even more costly.

Gas fracking is short-termist, boom and bust exploitation. Yes, it produces energy, but so would burning all our forests. It makes no sense – except to lobbyists and politicians in the pay of the companies doing the exploitation.”

 


Illegal barbaric practice finally goes to court

FOLLOWING ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ME AND ALSO POSTED ON BNP WEBSITE: http://ianbell.tumblr.com/post/44149942490

From - International Business Times

July 7, 2013

UK Lawyers Bring First Prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation

UK Lawyers Bring First Prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation

Prosecutors in Britain are to bring charges against suspected perpetrators of genital mutilation, in the first such cases in British legal history.

The Crown Prosecution Service is deliberating over four new criminal cases, along with four previous cases which lie on file.

A further 15 cases have been reported to police by children’s charity the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is widespread in some parts of Africa, where girls as young as 10 undergo crude surgery, often performed without anaesthetic.

The NSPCC revealed it had so far received 41 calls to its newly launched helpline seeking advice on the issue.

"We have been very surprised by the number of calls. We thought that at the start we would get maybe one or two referrals from it," said the head of the helpline, John Cameron.

"We need a successful prosecution to send a very clear message to people that enough is enough."

Police suspect many illegal operations are carried out in Britain, while other cases involve children being sent abroad to undergo the procedure.

Local authorities recently issued letters to school headteachers, warning them of the risk to their pupils during the summer holiday period, known grimly among teachers as the “cutting season”.

Efua Dorkenoo of campaign group Equality Now said, “We commend the CPS and the police service for considering ways to use existing FGM laws, as well as other legislation, to generate prosecutions.”

The practice of FGM, widespread in Cameroon, is performed to delay the age at which girls becoming sexually active.

The NSPCC helpline on Female Genital Mutilation is 0800 028 3550


Every fifteen minutes another cold and hungry family find themselves homeless

As published on Solidarity Trade Union website.

by Ian Bell

Recently released Government figures show a sharp increase in the number of homeless families over the past year. In 2012, 34,080 households with children were accepted as homeless, an increase of 12% on the previous year. At the end of 2012, 76,790 children were living in  temporary accommodation,  an annual increase of 11%. Currently every fifteen minutes another family find themselves homeless.

The crippling cost of housing, combined with rising prices, flat lining wages and cuts to housing support, is meaning many families are simply no longer able to hold on to the roof over their heads, Britons are feeling the squeeze because of the recession and benefit reductions and further cuts to the housing safety net come into effect next week.

The figures also show an increase in the number of families living in Bed & Breakfast, up 29% since the same time last year as house building figures show an 11% decrease in the number of new homes started in the last year, to 98,280. Apart from the height of the recession in 2009, this is the only time starts have dropped below 100,000 since records began more than 30 years ago.

Food, Heat or Rent

More than five million families in England face the choice of putting food on the table or keeping a roof over their heads. Four in every 10 families have had to cut down on food spending because they were struggling to pay their mortgage or rent, according to a YouGov poll of 4,000 families.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said that the charity’s "startling"  figures uncovered “the daily heartache millions of parents” forced to make a cruel decision between buying food and paying rent.

Disabled mum Teri from Essex said: "I struggle to pay the rent and once I find the money for that there is little left each week to feed, clothe and provide basic essentials for me or my daughter.

"I try and plan meals that will make food go further and go online to see who has the cheapest prices."

Mr Robb warned Con-Dem government benefit changes, including the bedroom tax, could be the "final blow" which will see many more families forced onto the streets.

As well as going hungry, it’s likely many children are living in cold homes after the survey showed more than a quarter of families have had to reduce their energy use.

James Granger of the Fuel Poverty Action Group said: "Families are being forced to make impossible choices between housing, heating and eating as a result of sky-rocketing energy bills".

The Government promised to get Britain building, yet figures show house building has hit record lows.

Ultimately, it’s ordinary Britons who pay the price, with families struggling to meet ever-rising rents and young couples unable to get on the housing ladder no matter what they do.

The slump in our construction industry is one of the main reasons we’re facing the threat of a triple-dip recession. We can build our way of out of this, but the Government has to unlock the finance to deliver more genuinely affordable family homes.

Unless action is taken now, it’s hard to see our housing crisis improving any time soon.


Fracking: Loot, pollute and scoot !

As published on Third Way - Think Tank & Nick Griffin MEP’s websites.

by Ian Bell

Toxic and radioactive water pollution. Tap water you can set on fire. Earthquakes. Runaway climate change. All to produce expensive gas that will soon run out. So why are we doing it?

Our present system is addicted to fossil fuels but we are running out fast. As a result the system is turning to more and more extreme measures to feed this habit. Welcome to the world of extreme energy. Tar Sands, Mountain Top Removal, Deep Water Drilling, Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas are all symptoms of this scramble to suck the last and most difficult to reach drops out of the British Isles.

Concern has been expressed over the possible long and short term health effects of air and water contamination and radiation exposure to Britons by a method of gas production called Induced Hydraulic Fracturing or Hydrofracturing, and commonly known as ‘fracking’. Put simply it is a method used to free gas trapped in rock (that would usually be inaccessible) by cracking the rock using a pressurised fluid. Wells are drilled and the fracking fluid injected into them under high pressure to crack the rock. The fracking fluid consists of water, sand and a lot of chemicals. Millions of gallons of water are used to ‘frack’. Fracking has already become wide-spread in the United States where it is destroying the environment and making people’s lives a misery in many places.

Fracking is carried out in the United Kingdom by Cuadrilla Resources, though other companies have exploration licenses. Though not officially suspended, the process was unofficially suspended for nearly a year in the UK from June 2011 over safety concerns, but an expert report in April 2012 concluded the practice was safe, clearing the way for its resumption.

Protest groups have emerged since April 2012, with the major nationwide group being Frack Off, who are a grassroots direct action campaign aimed at stopping the spread of extreme energy in the UK but specifically concentrating on unconventional gas extraction. The group started off campaigning against use of fracking for Shale gas extraction with a banner drop from Blackpool Tower on 6 August 2011.

On 2 November the Frack Off activists stormed Cuadrilla Resources drilling site at Banks in Lancashire at 5:30am and 4 activists scaled the drilling rig and dropped banners. The action was timed to coincide with an industry conference, the Shale Gas Environmental Summit, in London and the release of an independent report commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources which said that their fracking in Lancashire may have triggered two small earthquakes.

Latest developments in the UK

Whichever way you look at it, Cuadrilla Resources have had a pretty dodgy couple of years. Following the Lancashire earthquakes the pressure has had a visible effect on the company. Direct action and grass-roots reaction has seen Cuadrilla ditch a CEO and repeatedly change their PR line up – most recently recruiting Bell Potinger ‘creative generalist’ Mark Linder. But for all the industry reports and government lip service, what is ACTUALLY happening in Lancashire ? Put simply, they are ploughing ahead – albeit massively behind schedule. Cuadrilla currently has five sites in Lancashire. Here’s a brief rundown of the state of play at each of them:

  • Anna’s Road, Westby – Francis Egan, CEO suggested in a recent interview that the UK’s second ever test-frack may take place here, where the company is also applying for permission to drill the UK’s first horizontal well. Cuadrilla are in the process of drilling a second vertical well at the site after their first attempt ran into trouble at 2000ft. The company are moving extensive seismic monitoring equipment to the area in an effort to avoid future well-damaging earthquakes via an early warning ‘traffic light’ system. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site although Cuadrilla have now said there will be no action here until 2014.
  • Preese Hall, Weeton – The site of the notorious earthquake that crushed their well-bore and halted the company’s ambitions to have thirteen wells drilled and fracked by the end of 2012. Having discovered a geological fault-line in the area, the company have decided to avoid the headache of causing another ‘seismic event’. There is currently an application to ‘plug and abandon’ this well by Dec 2013.
  • Grange Road, Singleton – Being within 3 miles of Preese Hall, it’s unlikely the company will be willing to risk fracking so near to a known fault-line. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site.
  • Bonnie Barn Lane, Banks – The Banks site was subject to exploratory drilling in 2012. If the company’s expired planning permission is extended, it is likely that subsequent work to be undertaken at the site will be involve a test-frack. There is currently an application for a time extension at the site.
  • Inskip Lane, Wharles – Cuadrilla have not yet built a drilling pad or undertaken any exploratory drilling at the site. It is unlikely that the company will be ready to test-frack the site in the immediate future.

If we are to win this fight to keep our soils and groundwater useful to life, we need to keep our eyes and minds on the big picture. And that means playing a long-game. Each of these planning applications is a valuable opportunity for intervention. Not because there is a chance of permanently over-turning any particular decision, but because objections cause delays and delays cost the company money.

Cuadrilla and the myriad of other fracking start-ups that have been granted exploration licenses by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) with some having no intention of exploiting and producing anything. They want to prove the existence of a resource then sell-out to BP/Exxon/Shell/Centrica/etc and retire to some palm-lined beach in the Caribbean.

Cuadrilla don’t make any money. They don’t produce anything. They have some city-investment that they’re burning through at the rate of £10m per well. If that money runs out before they’ve enticed a Big Oil buyer they’re history. Similarly, if the resistance is visible enough, investors will be wanting to place their dirty bets on a ‘safer’, less-public game.

Dart Energy

Dart Energy has submitted planning applications to Falkirk and Stirling County Councils, in Scotland, to build 14 new well pads with 22 new wells, around 20 km of pipelines to connect the sites, a gas processing facility and an waste outfall into the Firth of Forth, near Airth between Falkirk and Stirling. Their aim is to produce Coal Bed Methane (CBM) from coal seams around 850 metres below the farmland to the west of Airth.

This would be the first serious unconventional gas development in the UK, which involves gas production rather than testing. Dart and IGas, in Cheshire, have been producing small amounts of gas from a couple of wells and burning it on site to produce electricity. However this development will involve producing gas from a number of wells and feeding it into the national gas grid through a network of pipelines. Dart, and its predecessor Composite Energy, have previously drilled a number of test wells at the Airth site and two of the test sites will also be redeveloped into production facilities.

While 14 well pads may seem fairly modest, especially if you don’t have to live next to them, this is just the thin end of what could become a massive wedge aimed at the heart of the British countryside. Investor documents mention 35-45 wells in the Airth development so it appears there are already plans to expand this initial development even further. Beyond the immediate vicinity of Airth the PEDL 133 block covers 367 square kilometres of central Scotland and Dart is bragging to investors that the block may contain 597 billion cubic feet (bcf) of CBM resources (2C), which might require 600+ wells if it could all be exploited.

In fact, in their environmental statement for the planning application Dart say that other ‘clusters of wells are also planned for elsewhere in the License area’. On a larger scale Dart expects there to be around 4 times as much gas in its license blocks in the East Midlands, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Wales and Yorkshire, which could mean thousands more wells across Engalnd and Wales. Add on top of this potential CBM exploitation by other companies like IGas and a parallel wave of Shale Gas extraction and we are looking at the threat of the wholesale destruction of vast swathes of the British countryside.

In the case of CBM, the seams tend to be much closer to the surface than shale rock and also differ in that they are flooded with water. The main method of stimulating CBM wells is de-watering of the coal seam, rather than hydraulic fracturing, though hydraulic fracturing may also be needed to increase the permeability of the seam. De-watering involves pumping out millions of gallons of contaminated water (which has been marinading in coal for years) and disposing of it.

In many cases the cost of disposing of the produced water is the determining factor in whether the process is economic or not and there is a lot of pressure to minimise costs of disposal. The produced water can be up to 5 times more salty than sea water and may contain a variety of toxic and radioactive materials including heavy metals and hydrocarbons. In the US all sorts of scams have been used to dispose of produced water more cheaply, including spreading it on roads under the guise of dust suppression or gritting.

In Dart’s case they plan to dump all their produced water into the Firth of Forth via an outfall pipe, after minimal treatment. They are expecting to be extracting around 80,000 gallons per day of produced water once the proposed development is in operation.

So why will fracking destroy the British countryside ?

In the vicinity where fracking takes place the largest worries are water contamination. Fracking uses huge amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals, a large fraction of which are never recovered. The fracking fluid also leaches chemicals like arsenic out of the rocks when it is used making it even more toxic and so the fluid that is recovered becomes a big disposal problem. Even more worryingly the fracking fluid can also leach radioactive elements out of the rocks causing radioactive contamination as well. The contamination of irrigation water means that everyone’s food supplies could potentially be affected. Fracking in the United States has already resulted in numerous spills of these fluids.

In addition fracking has been shown to result in the contamination of water tables with methane. In some cases in the United States this has resulted in people being able to set the water coming out of their taps on fire. Fracking also triggers earthquakes and the first test well in the UK caused two.

Fracking, like other forms of extreme energy (e.g. Tar Sands), is very carbon intensive. You use a lot of energy (and therefore emit a lot of carbon dioxide) in order to get a bit more energy back. In the case of fracking this is because you have to drill a lot wells, since each one only produces gas for only a short while. Fracking has the additional problem that the natural gas (methane) that it is trying to extract is a stronger greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide emitted by burning it and the method results in significant amounts of methane leaking directly into the atmosphere (fugitive emissions).

If all the conventional fossil fuels already discovered are burned, that will emit more than enough carbon dioxide to cause runaway climate chaos. Trying to find more that can be burned to fuel civilisation’s addiction using these extreme energy methods is complete madness. We need to leave this nightmare fuel safely in the ground.

Why is fracking not a solution to anything?

Like all extreme energy methods fracking is a desperate bid to suck the last, most difficult to reach, fossil fuels out of out planet. It is a road to nowhere. Unlike conventional oil wells that produce for decades, the output of fracked wells quickly declines and more wells need to be drilled until there is nowhere left to destroy.

Nick Griffin MEP states:

"The fracking debate is full of deceit by those who stand to profit from shale gas, or see it as a weapon in neo-con geo-politics.

We are told that most fracking in the USA is by Small and Medium Enterprises. Yet few real SMEs have the capital or technology for fracking. What look like SMEs are more likely limited liability fronts for giant corporations. They exist solely to spare the parent companies the huge cost of eventual clean-up operations – which will therefore fall on taxpayers. The game is simple: Loot, pollute and scoot!

Claims of massive job creation are lies too. The Public Policy Institute of New York State claimed that 500 new wells per year would produce 62,000 jobs. Yet a review by Food and Water Watch showed that the true figure would be less than 7,000 jobs – scarcely one tenth of the promised boom.

In every part of the USA where shale gas is exploited, house prices crash by 25%, with environmental devastation from hundreds of platforms and huge poison slurry ponds. The longer term threat to water supplies will be even more costly.

Gas fracking is short-termist, boom and bust exploitation. Yes, it produces energy, but so would burning all our forests. It makes no sense – except to lobbyists and politicians in the pay of the companies doing the exploitation.”


Miliband hedging his bets by supporting both sides of Palestine/Israel conflict

As published on Third Way - Think Tank website

by Ian Bell & Patrick Harrington

Ed Miliband was proud to announce recently at an event in central London attended by around 300 people his support for Israel and his pledge to protect Jewish customs including shechita (the ritual slaughter of animals -similar to the Muslim HALAL) if he becomes Prime Minister.
His speech was at a Board of Deputies of British Jews event. The leader of the opposition answered a range of questions on topics including immigration, education, housing, employment, and the Israeli elections.

Asked whether he would work to ensure that religious slaughter of animals could continue in Britain, Mr Miliband said: “Yes, these are important traditions. The kosher issue must be preserved.” In giving this answer Mr Miliband pandered to his audience. We in Third Way would argue that  a ban on ritual slaughter of animals is needed. There is no need for anyone to go against their religion in this as they can choose a vegetarian diet if they don’t wish to eat meat that is not killed without pre-stunning. In fact increasing number of Jews feel vegetarianism goes hand in hand with the Jewish concept of tikkun olam — repairing the world.
Miliband rejected the growing pressure from many within the Labour movement for a boycott of Israel. “I think the boycotts of Israel are totally wrong. We should have no tolerance for boycotts. I would say that to any trade union leaders,” he said.

Miliband emphasised his personal Jewish heritage. “I have huge respect, admiration and indeed a debt, not just to Britain, but to Israel for the sanctuary it gave my grandmother – Israel gave her comfort.”  Oddly he did not mention his father Ralph Miliband who was a confirmed Zionist. Ralph in correspondence with a Belgian socialist, Marcel Liebman,said that his kind of socialism did not preclude recognition of Jewish identity. “What right do the Jews have to be in Palestine… Their right stems from the fact that the world is what it is”. Miliband Jnr could also have mentioned that his Father  joined Hashomer Hatzair, a left-wing Zionist group at the age of just 15.
Asked at the event whether he was a Zionist Miliband reportedly responded, “Yes, I am a supporter of Israel”.

This was taken as a ‘Yes’ at the event. If this was his answer Miliband needs a short history lesson on what his proclamation on being a Zionist means to some of our older British folk.
Some don’t forget the Zionist attacks on British people. We remember that  in July 26, 1946 the  British administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel, killed 91 people — 28 of whom were British. Around 45 people were injured.

We also remember what happened on July 25, 1947 and became known as ‘The Sergeants Affair’. Zionists kidnapped Sgt. Clifford Martin and Sgt. Mervyn Paice and killed them. Their bodies were taken to an orange grove and left hanging by the neck from trees. An Improvised Explosive Device was set. This went off when one of the bodies was cut down, seriously wounding a British officer.
Perhaps this might be part of the reason just 24 hours later a new spin was being put on his words? You might hope so but it was probably the vision of all those disappearing Muslim votes for Labour! His office were putting it out that his response had been misinterpreted. It was suggested that “he wasn’t using the word Zionist to describe himself, but merely reaffirming his strong support for the state of Israel”.
 
Ed also attacked Iran repeating the US mantra and threat that “nothing was off the table”. This warmongering is now expected of Labour leaders.

More confusing is that Miliband claims to simultaneously support the Palestinians! When asked about Labour’s support for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, Mr Miliband said he wanted to encourage Palestinians. The politician made repeated reference to his support for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict and said he hoped Britain could be an “broker” in the process. Whether any Palestinians would be foolish enough to have any dealings with the confused or opportunistic Ed is another matter! We certainly wouldn’t advise it! Nor, sadly, does it appear that a two-State solution is even a remote possibility anymore. That window of opportunity appears to have closed some years back. Surely Ed knows that?


Parliamentary Committee investigates worker blacklisting in Scotland

As published on Solidarity Trade Union website

by Ian Bell

The Scottish Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament is hearing evidence from anti-blacklisting campaigners on blacklisting of workers, particularly in the construction industry, for supposed political or union affiliations. The inquiry is investigating the extent of the problem of blacklisting within Scotland, and what is being done to eradicate it.

Put before the committee was written evidence from electrician Kenny Newton who said:
 
"My name appears on the Consulting Association database along with another 279 whose "file" contains only a name and nothing else. If one uses their imagination you could multiply many times the number of people that this may have affected.
As to having proof of being blacklisted well that could be in the majority of cases difficult to prove. I could write a book on the number of times that I have been victimised by my past employers. While working for a number of electrical construction companies I was deliberately kept off jobs and in many cases worked as the sole electrician on construction sites. Most companies are quite subtle and are usually economical with the truth when approached regarding such matters.”
 
For more info and background on The Consulting Association (TCA) see our previous report.
 
At present, enforcement of an individual’s employment rights (pay, terms and conditions etc) is largely dependent on employee action. This means that the employee needs to both understand their rights and the route by which they might enforce them as well as be prepared to take action.
 
A second problem is the scale and complexity of the UK’s regulatory environment, as recognised by the Hampton Review (2005).
 
Unlike many European countries, the UK has no single agency organising labour inspections, and this has led to differential protection of workers rights by sector or type of employment, This complexity makes joint working, or shared training and standards far more difficult to achieve.
 
Anti blacklisting campaigners have warned one of the UK’s largest construction companies Skanska UK it must chose whether to “be part of the clean-up or part of the cover-up”.Harvey Francis, Executive VP of the company admitted to the Westminster inquiry that the company had been the biggest single contributor to the anti-union surveillance database during it’s 16-year relationship with the now-defunct TCA.
 
However, Francis told the Committee he had no knowledge that tens of thousands of workers had been subjected to what he called “a process of vetting”, despite his role as HR director at the time.
 
Skanska – claimed it used an industry-wide blacklist to prevent workers with a history of health and safety breaches or records of drug abuse and alcohol problems from working on ‘high profile projects”. “The company is truly sorry for what happened,” he said.
 
Asked by the chair of the select committee, Ian Davidson MP whether he would provide a copy of the company’s findings from the internal blacklisting inquiry, Francis said he was being advised by his company’s lawyer that the report was ‘legally privileged’ and could not be made public.
 
Skanska is the first company to refuse to divulge information in this way since the Scottish Affairs Select Committee began the blacklisting inquiry in June 2012. Senior members of the committee have subsequently made it clear to the company and its lawyers that they are “not happy” about the refusal to hand over the document.
 
Asked whether the company now felt it had a moral obligation to compensate those who were denied the right to work as a result of Skanska’s participation in blacklisting, Frances told MPs: “If they could demonstrate that our action prejudiced them getting a job, we would look at that on an individual basis.”
 
However, he was immediately challenged by Ian Davidson to explain how the company could consider an individual complaint by a blacklisting worker, yet it was preparing to resist class action cases for compensation by hundreds of workers which is expected to come to court later this year. Major employers such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and Carillion could come to court “within weeks”.
 
GMB national officer Justin Bowden said:“In the light of today’s evidence, Skanska must now decide if it wants to be part of the clean-up of this industry or part of the cover-up of blacklisting.”
 
Meanwhile for blacklisted workers in Wales, Solidarity Trade Union has welcomed news that the welsh government could introduce tough new anti-blacklisting laws by next year in the wake of a scandal affecting thousands of workers, including 111 from 46 areas in Wales. GMB Wales officer Mike Payne and Labour Assembly Member (AM) Vaughan Gething are drafting strict new public procurement rules which would stop around £4 billion in public money being handed to companies that blacklist workers.
 
Both Mr Payne and Mr Gething will put their proposals to Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt in March and believe that new laws may be passed asquickly as next year. The proposals are likely to enjoy cross-party support in the Welsh Assembly.
 
In England, as we previously reported, there may also be a connection to the blacklisting and Metropolitan Police Officers, Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group said: “We want to know why  information collected by the police has ended up on a secret blacklist of trade unionists operated by multinational companies. He said ”If police collusion is proven, at best it is individual corruption. At worst it is systematic state involvement in a major human rights conspiracy.”
  
In August 2012, the pressure group Liberty threatened to take the UK government to court to force an investigation into the case. The legal officer for Liberty, Corinna Ferguson, said: ”We can’t believe the inaction of the Information Commissioner on a human-rights violation of such wide public interest.
Contracting out the blacklisting of innocent workers, politicians and journalists is no better than farming out phone hacking to private detectives and the consequences for our democracy are just as grave. If we cannot persuade the Commissioner to discharge his public duty, we will consider seeking assistance from the courts.”
  
The investigation follows mounting evidence that both the police and the security forces may have provided information for a blacklist run by The Consulting Association.
 
Solidarity Trade Union has joined the GMB, Unite and Ucatt unions in calling for a Leveson-style inquiry to investigate and expose blacklisting.
 

Will today’s modern slaves get an apology ?

As published on BNP Official website

by Ian Bell

The Past

In 2006 Tony B-liar expressed his “deep sorrow” for Britain’s part in the slave trade. This followed in the wake of well-funded campaigns by anti-slavery groups, breast-baring campaigns by groups like English Heritage (who wanted to feel guilty that many of the houses in their charge were partly financed by money from slave labour), and by academics and politicians from former slave trade ports like Bristol and Liverpool.

Britain was the first country in the world to outlaw slavery (1807 Slave Trade Act, which outlawed the trade and forbade British ships from being involved in slaving, although slavery was not actually outlawed within the empire until 1833). One might have thought this would be a cause for self-congratulation rather than self-abasement. Britain’s record on slavery compares favourably with that of other countries. There is no evidence that other countries put in Britain’s position of prominence would have behaved any better, and considerable evidence that they might have behaved very much worse. 

Slavery is as old as humanity, and has been carried out by most peoples whenever they had the opportunity. Sir Samuel White Baker, who helped to discover the sources of the Nile, said of his travels in the Sudan region between 1862 and 1865, “The institution of slavery is indigenous to the soil of Africa, and has not been taught to the Africans by the white man” (quoted in John Baker: Race, OUP, 1974).

Slavery was sanctioned by classical authorities in all civilizations and by major religions, and was carried out by enthusiastic black and Arab intermediaries (one Arabic word for ‘black’ is adb, also meaning ‘slave’) who merely sold them on to Europeans.

Over the centuries, an estimated 1 million Christian slaves were carried off from Europe by pirates from the north African coast, who raided occasionally as far north as Cornwall and Cork.

But that is the whole point. There is much more to this than simple polite apology, so as to clear the metaphorical air. The agitation to compel the government to apologise for slavery, and to make wealthy families feel guilty about the possible sources of their family fortunes, is merely part of an ethnic power-play, a decades-long attempt to relativies and demoralize Britain’s indigenous inhabitants so as to grant ‘legitimacy’ to relatively newly-arrived, insecure-feeling minorities. 

The Present

A report due to be published on Monday (11/03/2013) from think tank The Centre for Social Justice will describe Britain’s efforts to stop human trafficking are ‘in a state of crisis and need a complete overhaul’. “Politically, I’m afraid ministers are clueless about the scale of British slavery” says head of CSJ, Christian Guy. It wants an ‘anti-slavery commissioner’ established and the UK Border Agency to be stripped of certain powers.

Researchers found from construction sites to brothels, large numbers of trafficked people were being exploited, but their fate never appears in official statistics. Its researchers also found “unacceptable levels of ignorance” among police, social services and the UK Border Agency. Nothing new there then !

"There is an immigration aspect to the whole issue, but it is not the key thing," says Andrew Wallis, head of the anti-trafficking charity Unseen UK who chaired the group that investigated the issue. "For us, the key thing is there is a crime that has taken place, we have a victim of crime so let’s respond accordingly."

Nowadays, the vast majority of perpetrators and most victims of slavery in the UK come from abroad, with Eastern Europeans, Nigerians and Vietnamese figuring prominently. The CSJ report highlights in particular the plight of British children. In 2011, it says, almost half of UK citizens who were trafficked were girls trafficked for sexual exploitation.

It highlights the case of a school girl who, under the control of a group of young men, was raped by 90 men over the course of a single weekend.

The report’s authors say the scale of the problem and the lack of understanding of the issue means that major changes are needed. They are calling for creation of an ‘anti-slavery commissioner’, similar to the children’s commissioner, to oversee and co-ordinate the country’s response and the passing of a modern slavery act to tighten current disparate legislation.

If the British had to apologize for the ‘slave trade’ why shouldn’t black Africans, Arabs, Asians, and Eastern Europeans ?

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