Friday, 5 August 2016

Eric is the Leader of the parsnip party but doesnt have the backing of his MPs

Eric is the Leader of the parsnip party with massive support from an ever growing membership but doesnt have the backing of his MPs

Lets get rid of names and Parties to take that out of the equasion and just look at the logic of whats going on.

So we have Eric of the Parsnip party who is able to draw thousands of new members to the Parsnip party, hes also able to get thousands to get out onto the streets to hear him talk more than any other politican, hes honest and principled and the lowest expenses claimer out of all MPs. Sound good so far?

Now people questioned Eric's policies but on the BBC’s “One Show”, people interviewed in Guildford High Street showed that they supported the majority of Erics policies when they didnt know who's policies they were and were shocked when they found out the were Eric's.

The problem with Eric is he has never been given the backing of his own Parsnip party MPs and consequently the opposition party "The Turnips" and their press, have had a field day. Rather than back him in Parliament the Parsnips have even stooped as low as jeering Eric along with the Turnips who basically act like a bunch of animals because they are given free reign by the Parsnips.

Through all this Eric has continued on with his #morehonestpolitics and his belief that the 300,000 plus members have a voice as well as the 171 MPs.

The MPs of the Parsnip party should support Eric regardless of whether they think hes a good leader or not and here's why.... Anyone that can draw that many members in and get that many people out of their houses to hear him speak should be let loose to do what he's good at. If hes not good at kicking ass in meetings then someone else does that. You have horses for courses. Hitler wasn't a good military planner, he was very lucky and had some brilliant generals who steered him in the right direction. But Hitler was brilliant at speeches and rousing the masses.

You have to have rocks in your head to try and get rid of someone like Eric. Given support like the Turnips give their leader, no matter what. Eric could enthuse thousands more to the Parsnip party and show millions that there is another way, other than the Turnips way.

Unfortunately common sense hasnt prevailed and against the wishes of local PLPs, certain MPs have had a vote of no confidence in Eric, despite it not being in the rules and 170 odd resigned. Now it should be noted that most of these Parsnip party MPs received fewer votes from the general public in the general election than Eric did in the leadership election and it also should be noted that its not clear whether these MPs are acting on their own or whether a small elite within the Parsnip party are pulling the strings?

Either way, if you ditch what you think about the political party and the person, and if you remember that despite all that, despite everything that has been thrown at Eric the membership of the Parsnip party has now grown to more than all other parties combined and no other leader in Britain gets as many people coming to hear them speak ....

You have to bang your head on a desk and think for fcuk sake catch the wave, run with it, what are you doing?

I have been unable to find the video of the BBC’s “One Show”, people interviewed in Guildford High Street.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Brilliant Face Book Post no 4 by Sophie Crossfield

There have been some excellent posts on Face Book and because of their sheer brilliance I decided to post a few on here.

Brilliant post No 4 .....Note the author of the below post is Sophie Crossfield

Sophie Crossfield

I decided not to complete the survey asking who I was voting for in the leadership election. But, it did prompt me to sit down and think about all the reasons why I am voting for Jeremy Corbyn. This is what I wrote:

I'm 50 years old and a lifelong Labour voter although only a recent member of the Labour Party. When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader last year, it was the first time in decades that I'd seen a Labour politician who actually spoke to the issues that concerned me and articulated the pressing need for a truly radical change to the way politics is done in this country.

Like millions in this country, I watched in abject horror as the Blair government took us into an unjustifiable war in Iraq - wasting lives, wasting money, causing untold misery and suffering, and making every single one of us less safe and secure in the world. I have become sickened and angry as the levels of inequality in our society have grown and grown over recent decades. I have seen "austerity" sold to us as the only way forward out of our economic mess... all the while, watching the bankers, CEOs and the tax-avoiding elites stash their billions and spit in the faces of the rest of us. I have seen immigrants, the working poor, the unemployed, the sick, the mentally ill and the disabled vilified and punished for their circumstances, whilst Labour politicians - whether in government or in opposition - have done very little to speak out for them or protect them. As an NHS worker, I have seen the daily heartbreaking evidence of the way that privatisation and grotesque underfunding is destroying our beloved health service. . And I have waited for the Labour Party to stand up and say "No more." To say "There is an alternative to this."

I have waited. And I have waited. And I have waited. And nothing has changed.

Meanwhile, the theatre of Westminster continues - braying politicians of all stripes, hooting and jeering and scoring cheap points at PMQs - behaving in ways that would have the rest of us fired in an instant if we tried that crap in our own workplaces. Politicians elected to lead us, who are too cowed by the fear of the over-powerful media to actually stand up and be counted. Afraid to lead, afraid to advance a single original idea without testing it through a million focus groups first. Trapped in the Westminster bubble, oblivious to the daily realities of ordinary people who are struggling.

I am 50 years old. I'm tired. I'm jaded. I'm cynical. I'm ready to give up and just accept that nothing is ever, EVER going to change. I might as well give up voting altogether. After all, what the f**k is the point?

And then along comes Jeremy Corbyn. This wrinkly, rumply, beardie, vegetarian lefty, who has been around for ever... quietly and respectfully saying all the things that I think - and that I suspect millions of other people think, too - and doing so in a way that starkly highlights the ridiculous spectacle that Westminster politics has become. Oh my God... he's actually become the Leader of the Labour Party!

Maybe... just maybe... there's a glimmer of hope? There he is, week after week, asking the questions that I want asked, in the way I want them asked. Representing people like me. Being mocked and ridiculed for it in the media, of course - but there he is. Steadfast, honest, dignified, consistent, unflashy. A Leader if ever I saw one.

I'm not some naive, unquestioning Corbyn groupie. I'm not some starry-eyed youthful zealot. I'm not a Trotskyite. I'm not an entryist. I am a strong, educated, intelligent, articulate lifelong Labour-voting woman. And I am angry. More angry than I have ever been in my life. And I'm ready to stand up and fight for the better, fairer, more equal society that Jeremy Corbyn is fighting for.

That's why I am voting for Jeremy Corbyn.

Brilliant Face Book Post no 3 by Elizabeth Perryman

There have been some excellent posts on Face Book and because of their sheer brilliance I decided to post a few on here.

Brilliant post No 3 .....Note the author of the below post is Elizabeth Perryman

Elizabeth Perryman
I was bought up not to hate, I may dislike people a lot but I cannot hate. I hate what some people do, and I try always to find out why, but I just can't hate them as people. I am saying this because I received an email from a Labour MP who explained why she was not backing Mr Corbyn. I read the email 4 or 5 times and yet could not find a solitary hard based reason. Still it's her choice. Here is the reason why I am supporting Mr Corbyn, every reason can be verified in the records should you wish to check them.

I first heard of Mr Corbyn when he got into 'a bit of trouble' fighting for the rights of a community who were being attacked and harassed many who should have known better, he campaigned for their freedom to live by their faith and for the land they had in Isreal. To me that showed he was not racist or anything like that.

After a bit of time he went against his own party and campaigned against nuclear arms and the right to live free of that, to me that showed a peaceful man who just knew that many wars could be avoided through dialogue and discussion, I am a pacifist by nature and try to avoid physical confrontation, but I will defend myself if I have to.  The next thing was his fight for unions and the rights of working men and women, although there is still a debate about fair pay for women he has laid the groundwork to bring that to a conclusion.

I lived up North during the miners strike and again he was there fighting for the rights of people to simply keep their job and work. After Mrs Thatcher destroyed the communities by closing the mines and stripping the cities of the steel industry, he was there to help and support rebuilding them. The Government at the time certainly didn't care.

He fights hard for people who have issues around housing, especially those who have no home, those who live in Social Housing as I do, welcome any support we can get and I know for a fact that he works like a Trojan to support Social Housing.
Its not brain surgery to ask people what issues really burden them then bring these issues to PMQs, how many politicians have you ever heard doing that? I receive a regular email asking for questions to ask in PMQs and I have sent some in and heard them being asked too!

I am sick to my stomach hearing politicians stand up and say what the people in their constituency think, yet when I ask some of those same people they just have no idea what I'm talking about saying no one asked them! Heck when I wrote to my MP about a situation that is happening in his constituency, I was initially happy to get a letter to say that he would look into my issue and would respond in two weeks ... that was 9 months ago and still no answer. It's no wonder why so many of us bypass our MPs and Councillors and do our own thing anyway without them. Mr Corbyn has always been interested in the plight of others, not for his own gain but for people to be treat with fairness and understanding.

I then looked into the expenses for many MPs and found his expenses were very low, in fact they did seem too low, it made me wonder, did he forget to put in his claim form or something? But on looking further, I realised he never, he just claimed for the very basics of his personal expenses. I don't expect anyone representing me to do it for nothing, but I do object to paying for Duck shelters and Moats around big houses. I don't know where Mr Corbyn lives but seeing the house he is photographed coming out of in the mornings, it looks like he might have a neighbour dispute if he tried to build a moat round it. It seems to me that he is just an ordinary man that does his best for no material or personal gain, all he asks for is people to be treated fairly and with respect. Is that too much to ask for because if it is I will stand by Mr Corbyn and plead guilty of greed.

Politics is not rocket science its simply asking people how things can be worked to bring a better society and working towards that aim. Politicians work for us, we don't need to be nannied and told what to think and do, what we need is to be asked and listened to and understood. And that is why I support Mr Corbyn. He really is a man of the people.

Brilliant Face Book Post no 2 by Bridget Mitchell

There have been some excellent posts on Face Book and because of their sheer brilliance I decided to post a few on here.

Brilliant post No 2 .....Note the author of the below post is Bridget Mitchell

Bridget Mitchell

Some thoughts the why I am voting for Jeremy Corbyn.

I’m 58 years old disabled grandmother and was a lifelong Labour voter until the Yes Referendum here in Scotland. Recently I have returned to the fold, and I have Jeremy to thank for that. I am not a thug, a momentum member an Entryist a Trotskyist, a member of any lefty group, or any political group at all. 

Although not academically gifted I have managed to navigate my way one way or another to this point in my life. The Labour Party and it’s values were bred into me I am proud to be a coal miners daughter. I am proud to worked in the soup kitchens side by side other miners children trying to sustain the families during the fight to save the pits from Margaret Thatchers hatchet. One of my earliest memories is of being given the most adorable collie pup for my birthday when I was about 5 yrs old and when asked what I wanted to name him, Winston Churchill was my choice. so as you can see Labour values are at my very core. 

Over the years as a disabled single parent I became so disillusioned in Politics in general with all the corruption and expenses scandals, lack of trust, and more importantly lack of representation for me no mater what we in Scotland voted we got what the majority of England voted for, and it wasn’t my Labour. My deep held faith in my Labour party was destroyed by Blair and his followers, I no longer could tell the difference between them and the Torys. No one was articulating the things I was feeling no one seemed have the fight to oppose the injustices that was plain for all to see. I gave up looking to politics and politicians for any help or guidance. 

Having worked within many community groups in areas of severe deprivation and with many disadvantaged people I saw our caring Britain unravel. I witnessed the results of the care in the community bills. I worked within the homeless community where voluntary organisations were being left to pick up the fall out. I have witnessed peoples care float from being from the cradle to the grave to be a postcode lottery dependent on where you reside dictating how much and the quality of care you get in times of greatest need. I have witnessed communities die as drugs and despair has slowly has engulfed them. 

Jeremy Corbyn this passionate dignified man has rekindled in me, the hope that things could change and be a better fairer society. His fight against those who wish to silence him has inspired me to come back and fight for what I believe to be right. I have two beautiful granddaughters I want there still to be a planet for them when they grow up. a place where they can live free from fear, be able to provide for themselves, to be able to own their own home, to be all they can be.

The Labour Party needed radical change not make it a different party but to bring it back and again represent the membership. 

For the first time in decades in Jeremy I have found a politician I can trust and believe in, one who will uphold my values and fight against the austerity prison we are being held in by the present government.

Some of my rambling reasons for voting Jeremy please excuse grammatical errors just a piece written from the heart.

Brilliant Face Book Post no 1 by Simon Jonesy Jones.

There have been some excellent posts on Face Book and because of their sheer brilliance I decided to post a few on here. 

Brilliant post No 1 .....Note the author of the below post is Simon Jonesy Jones.

Simon Jonesy Jones

I have to say there is nothing annoys me more than someone that has read and memorised every socialist piece of writing since Marx, then. Feels the need to use 1900's theories to dictate to people what 'real socialism' is. It is arrogant, pompous and shortsighted. It is 1970's OU television super nerd.
If you want to argue with me about capitalism over socialism fine. But dont use your theoretical knowledge to insult me. I have lived in the real world. I have stood with the unions, championing workers rights. I have been a shop steward, I have walked the streets knocking on doors, I have stood on picket lines. I have been on the receiving end of a line of riot shields. I have been dragged away by the police. Am sure you armchair students imagine you have too. Maybe you have.
I also have spent all my life working with people. Mainly children and families. Protecting kids from abuse, trying to keep families together and survive dire abject poverty and deprivation. To work with survivors of violence, sexual assault and exploitation. Some only babies. To remove children from parents knowing the parents do care but are unable to cope. To try to aid families change and grow. To help parents make the hardest decisions possible. And yes to deal with those that don't survive.
I will not quote Trotsky to you. I will give examples of the real world. Of life. Of the effects of materialism, the need for family and community, how we are constantly watched and monitored.
I may be boring. I may be 'uneducated' without an oxbridge degree in neoliberalism. But I hope I am fairly intelligent. I hope I see the world as it is not how it was. I pray I have realistic hopes and expectations.
So if your going to insult me firstly do it to my face not from the safety of your PC, lap top, tablet or phone. Then use experience not literature.
My experiences shape me. I am not your vision of a 'true socialist' because I strive for fairness, equality of opportunity and chances. I want a realistic living wage for all. I want the sick and disabled to have choice, chance and opportunity. I want them to live as humans with luxury and quality of life. I do not want them seen as scroungers, squalid, a drain, corrupt, or any of the other terms the press, media, government, Establishment or society choose to label them with.
I want children to have the freedoms we had to play, learn and develop. I want them to be seen as kids not yobs or a threat. I want society - you and me to remember we were young. We made mistakes. We learned by them and hopefully still do. I want all education to be free and a degree matter whether from a poly, metro, city university or oxford. I want us to value our children for they are our reason for being here.
I want people to have chances of jobs with security. No zero hour contracts. Part time to hold the same terms and conditions as full time. Holidays and sick pay for all. A minimum wage all can live on.
I want an end to the need for food banks, homeless shelters and hostels. All people deserve a home, food and warmth. They also deserve basic luxury items. Life is living not surviving.
I want men and women to have the same pay, same chances, same rights.
I want us all to be protected from harm whether violence, aggression or poverty.
I want no more 1%. I don't care if people have more or less money but no one needs billions. Especially whilst others starve.
I want an end to corruption in politics and business. If we are taxed then the rich are taxed too.
The people need to retake control of the country. Democracy cannot any longer be a con. It needs to be reborn. For the politicians to work for the people not their own self interest. If they are found to be corrupt then jail them. No messing about.
We are not the world police. We do not need to invade countries any more. Let the UN do their job not us!
This is not utopian. Its not communism. To me it truly is what I believe is socialism.
So argue with me all you like. Tell me I am not a true socialist. I am a realist, a humanist and I still believe a true 21st Century Socialist. Prove me wrong.

Fifteen for Smith and sixty-seven for Corbyn.

So far, eighty-two constituencies have made supporting nominations. Fifteen for Smith and sixty-seven for Corbyn.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Labour party rule on challenging the leader

Even an imbecile can understand this, but it takes a very expensive lawyer to try and muddy the water.

Chapter 4, Clause II, rule 2 B ii.
“Where there is no vacancy, nominations may be sought by potential challengers each year prior to the annual session of party conference. In this case nominations must be supported by 20% of the Commons members of the PLP”

......... I really don't see where the ambiguity is 

"Where there is no vacancy, nominations may be sought by potential challengers" ......

"nominations may be sought by potential challengers" ........ 

"potential challengers" ....... 

Its as clear as day. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Owen Smith - Believable?

Owen Smith, unknown until recently and with just 6 years experience as an MP, is challenging Jeremy Corbyn who has over 30 years experience as an MP for the Labour leadership.

The best we can see is that he has very similar policies to Jeremy Corbyn but we are supposed to believe with 6 years experience he'll be a better leader?

Presently the press are trying to make the places where Owen Smith is talking seem full of people ..... I think there's more on stage than in the audience ....

Whereas with Jeremy Corbyn they are trying to make it seem like not too many people are there, when in reality there are thousands ....

We dont actually need a better leader we have a very popular leader, what we need is the Labour MPs showing a united front, behind the leader and getting on with their jobs.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Return to Victorian Poverty

Once the NHS has gone, sold off to the highest bidder or given away to Tory pals we will be back to how it was. How it was before the NHS, when you either had the money to be treated or you died.

The harrowing tale of Jackson C. Frank and the Cleveland Hill School fire of 1954

My son sent me a link to an artist Id never even heard of before, a haunting song called "I want to be alone".  Who was this person with such a beautiful haunting voice? My search led me to quite a tragic tale.

In summary he was seriously injured as a child in the Cleveland Hill School fire of 1954 when a furnace exploded and killed 15 of his classmates including his then girlfriend Marlene.

I want to be Alone

Jackson was sometimes referred to as "the most famous folk singer of the 1960s no one knew of." He never really made the big time although a lot of his songs were covered by other artists. 

Written about his girlfriend killed in the fire

After his son died of cystic fibrosis he slipped back into depression and was committed to a mental institution. He ended up homeless, sleeping on the sidewalk, and lost an eye when shot by some kids with an air rifle. During this time he found himself in and out of various psychiatric institutions and treated for alleged paranoid schizophrenia but he away's denied this, maintaining it was depression caused by the fire. Frank died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on March 3, 1999, at the age of 56

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Theresa May 1st PM Question time

Have you seen the facial expressions she pulls, looks like a psychopath

1. She claimed in a very belitteling tone that Austerity means Living within our means ... We have had 6 years of the Tories Living within their means. UK national debt has risen from 800billion to 1,700 billion, nothing more needs saying on that.

2. She totally avoided the question regarding Johnson's remarks 

3. To make a cheap joke about unscrupulous employers to Corbyn she totally misled the general public. "A boss that exploits the rules to further their own career" There has been no exploitation of the rules, the rules are very clear. So clear that even a dummy can understand them.

4. Its easy to look slick (which in my opinion she didn't, she did ok) when you have a baying mob behind you and the speaker doesn't step in to stop them. 

I was hoping that with a new Tory PM we might get a change. I can see from todays evidence its the same crap in a different wrapper.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

As predicted Eagle withdraws from leadership race

On the 13/7 I predicted that Angela Eagles would drop out of the Labour Party leadership challenge and today she does just that.  OK it wasn't quite as I predicted, she didn't bleat about bullying and threats as I expected. I did think when she pulled out they would pull something to try and damage Corbyn on the way out but I guess the brick NOT through her office window like she claimed, kind of scuppered that.

So that leaves Owen Smith as the main challenger?

That's the Owen Smith that became an MP just 6 years ago ...... More cannon fodder I suspect before the real challenger shows his hand?

Owen Smith was parachuted into the Labour safe seat of Pontypridd so that he could become an MP. So why was he bestowed that privilege.  I mean its the same thing they did for Cameron, parachuted him into a safe Tory seat in Oxfordshire so he could be set up to be PM and it looks like the same has been set up for Smith.

Meanwhile Corbyn has never been parachuted into anywhere, hes just won election after election in his own borough for over 30 years. You would have thought that if there was really something wrong with the man, over 30 years they would have cottoned on?  Just saying!

Now I have to say I dont know much about Owen Smith hes probably a nice bloke. He seems to have similar policies to Corbyn but Im having to make assumptions here because we only have since 2010 to go on. 6 years experience as an MP.
  • In 30 years Corbyn has locked swords in the commons with many including Thatcher.
  • Owen Smith was 12 when Corbyn was first elected as an MP
  • Corbyn has been returned as MP 6 times by the voting public.
  • Corbyn was returned as MP in 2010 with 60% of the votes 20% more than Owen Smith
  • Corbyn was elected as leader with a massive majority of over 59% of the vote, the biggest in history.
  • During Corbyns leadership the labour party membership has grown massively
  • During Smiths time as an MP I can think of nothing that Im aware of him doing.
So is Owen Smith qualified to be leader and we are talking about leadership qualities here not just will he have the backing of the PLP. I have to say I have no idea, I don't know who he is, Ive not seen anything of him in the commons. I've not seen him enthuse tens of thousands of people to come out to hear him speak like Corbyn can and this is the crux of it for me.

Yes I understand that if the PLP wont work with him that's going to make life a tad difficult. Not insurmountable but difficult.

But to me those tens of thousands of people that are enthused by Corbyn go away from hearing him speak and even if they only talk to one person, thats another ten thousand people. If the 171 PLP go away and talk to just one person that's another 171, ill leave you to ponder the maths.

There's no evidence that I have seen that convinces me that Owen Smith is any better for the job than Corbyn. Corbyn can convince thousands to come and hear him speak. Something is going on there, so that's good enough for me. The ability to get thousands to attend and listen to your speeches is real leadership and a rare quality.

Islington North

 Parliamentary constituency


, with candidateJeremy Corbyn
, have the following results:
  • 29,659total votes taken.
  • 60.2% share of the total vote
  • +5.8% change in share of the votes

, with candidateAlex Burghart
, have the following results:
  • 8,465total votes taken.
  • 17.2% share of the total vote
  • +3.0% change in share of the votes

Green Party
, with candidateCaroline Russell
, have the following results:
  • 5,043total votes taken.
  • 10.2% share of the total vote
  • +7.2% change in share of the votes

Liberal Democrat
, with candidateJulian Gregory
, have the following results:
  • 3,984total votes taken.
  • 8.1% share of the total vote
  • -18.6% change in share of the votes

, with candidateGreg Clough
, have the following results:
  • 1,971total votes taken.
  • 4.0% share of the total vote
  • +2.4% change in share of the votes

Socialist Party GB
, with candidateBill Martin
, have the following results:
  • 112total votes taken.
  • 0.2% share of the total vote
  • +0.2% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010


 Parliamentary constituency


, with candidateOwen Smith
, have the following results:
  • 15,554total votes taken.
  • 41.1% share of the total vote
  • +2.3% change in share of the votes

, with candidateAnn-Marie Mason
, have the following results:
  • 6,569total votes taken.
  • 17.3% share of the total vote
  • +1.2% change in share of the votes

, with candidateAndrew Tomkinson
, have the following results:
  • 5,085total votes taken.
  • 13.4% share of the total vote
  • +10.1% change in share of the votes

Liberal Democrat
, with candidateMike Powell
, have the following results:
  • 4,904total votes taken.
  • 12.9% share of the total vote
  • -18.2% change in share of the votes

Plaid Cymru
, with candidateOsian Lewis
, have the following results:
  • 4,348total votes taken.
  • 11.5% share of the total vote
  • +4.2% change in share of the votes

Green Party
, with candidateKaty Clay
, have the following results:
  • 992total votes taken.
  • 2.6% share of the total vote
  • +1.6% change in share of the votes

Socialist Labour Party
, with candidateDamien Biggs
, have the following results:
  • 332total votes taken.
  • 0.9% share of the total vote
  • -0.4% change in share of the votes

, with candidateEsther Pearson
, have the following results:
  • 98total votes taken.
  • 0.3% share of the total vote
  • +0.3% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010