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Red Poppy Remembrance Scam

7f7b62a06ac86f36924fd6fccd32ad38 Here we go again ‘wear your poppy with pride, remember, lest we forget’ and other such jingoistic entreaties. Out trot the masses to chuck a few coins in a tin, pin on the poppy replica and walk away thinking ‘I’ve done my bit’ when actually they are just another sheep running with the flock. The Remembrance Sunday do in London will be carried out with all solemnity and pageantry choreographed to perfection as it is every year and few will notice that it represents in microcosm the conducts of the wars they pretend to remember. The massed ranks of military personnel, past and present (& don’t miss the Chelsea Pensioners,”Arh bless ’em” brought in for a bit of colour and to tug at the patriotic heartstrings) who will stand for hours, perform their attentions and marching on cue whether they are freezing cold or soaking wet before finally getting get a mug of hot tea and making their journey back in the following hours. Meanwhile the royals, the politicians, the military top brass will arrive just in time to perform their wreath laying with sad solemn faces before walking stiffly away to their clubs, offices, pubs, for a double Scotch and a warm up to discuss the Sunday papers or, in the case of the royals to wave briefly at the adoring crowds from a balcony at Buckingham Palace.

So it is with all wars, rich men sending young men out to die protecting their wealth.

If we’re going to remember let us remember what we know from history, not the myth of our lads going bravely over the top for king and country but that the choice they had was go over when the whistle blew to take a chance on survival or the certainty that if they didn’t obey their own officers would shoot them there and then or have them taken away for a perfunctory court martial and shot at dawn by their mates who, if they didn’t, would be shot themselves. I would argue the really brave ones were those said they will not kill, the conscientious objectors, who suffered terribly for their stand. Let us recall too that the UK, France and the USA following the end of WW1 stole the resources of Germany, the iron, steel and coal leaving the German people destitute and starving that soon paved the way for the rise of Hitler, Nazism and WW2.

Coming more up to date let us remember the war against Iraq to seize back control of the oil fields to feed the greed of the richest in the West. Let us remember the war in Afghanistan yet another war for greed and a natural gas pipeline running from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and so bypassing Russia.  Can’t have a pipeline that the Taliban would be likely to blow up!

Let us also be aware that we are one of the evil nations of the World that supply weapons for others to kill millions just for the rich man’s profit.

Whenever there is a war there is no problem finding Billions of Pounds to fight it, there is no problem finding Billions to prepare for the next war, because there always is one, war is profitable, so there should be no problem in finding the money to care for those who are damaged in fighting those wars. The only problem is that the rich men, the faceless corporations who benefit, want the people to fight for them, to die for them on the cheap.

I remember but I don’t wear that damned poppy.

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My Letters to May & Corbyn

I recently sent the following letters to the Prime Minister May and leader of the opposition Corbyn.

Theresa May MP

10 Downing Street

Westminster

London

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Dear Theresa May

I do believe that you would like to do more to help our NHS and not to make a real time cut to our less fortunate citizen’s benefits but that you are constrained by the forthcoming financial disaster that is called Brexit.

You will know, better than me, that when Brexit happens you will go down in history as the Prime Minister who lead us into the abyss, you are between a rock and a hard place. Never mind the loss of the benefits of membership of the EU the sheer cost of leaving and the loss of jobs and investment will see us reduced to an insignificant little island.

It seems to me there is a way out but it requires bravery and leadership and yes, risk but history shows us the great Statesmen had the courage to take a risk after careful planning of course. So how about make a statement in the Commons and in a national broadcast that as negotiations have progressed and more information has come to light that you believe leaving the EU is a wrong act for the UK and as our Prime Minister you advise against continuation. Consequently you will instigate a referendum on the final deal with the option to remain members. If the opinion is still for leaving (unlikely as the tide is turning in favour of staying in) then we leave democratically but democracy requires the right for minds to change, or we’d never have need of a general election.

I believe you would save the nation from itself, assure a positive place in history for yourself and we can call it a win-win. Yes the party knives would be out for you but let’s be honest they will be out for you eventually anyway, they always are for any P.M.

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Jeremy Corbyn

House of Commons

London

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Dear Jeremy

For the first time in my (long) life I joined a political party, the Labour Party, when you were campaigning to become leader and I can see nothing better than you in No 10.

I want to live long enough to see your policies put into action and our lovely country becoming what it should be, prosperous, peace making and caring for all. I’m sure you realise that this will be impossible if we leave the European Union into which we have invested so much and I don’t mean money. I mean the strong bonds, the mutually beneficial laws, many, if not most, that we helped to formulate. The rapidly escalating financial costs involved in leaving will leave us skint for decades to come and reduce us to an insignificant poverty stricken little island.

The first duty of government is to protect the people and I believe that includes protecting them from their own stupidity if necessary. We desperately need a leader to arise to say stop! I appreciate you need to choose the right time to be that leader but the tide is turning, realisation is slowly sinking in and the cry for a second referendum on the deal will get louder or at the very least for MP’s to have a free vote on it including the option to remain members.

When I leave this life I want to know that my children and grandchildren will enjoy the human and workers rights that I have had, be free to work, study and live in other EU countries and enjoy the peace that the EU has helped to keep along with concern for the environment. Like you I’ve campaigned for decades for CND, Oxfam, stop various wars etc. and the only real success has been gay rights. Stopping the disaster that is Brexit is my last campaign that I hope you’ll help to win.

Best regards

Taking a break

Freethinker has got very depressed of late so is taking a break from the attacks on our feeble democracy, from the devious royals, the wars and bankers et al.

Although my hopes for a better World are fading, I’ve not given up, just having a rest.

Blogging

I was talking with someone today and mentioned that I did a political (in the broadest sense) blog but that I hadn’t added a post for a couple of weeks. On reflection this was because I had become somewhat despondent about politics in general, the global climate and ever increasing bites being taken from our hard won ‘freedoms’.

Let’s face it there are over 10million blogs out there and in general it is people who are already politically aware who, in the main, will look at any one of them. So what’s the point? Again on reflection, the point is that we must keep on expressing our views, left wing, right wing, or somewhere in the middle as just one of the ways to hone our minds, exchange ideas and philosophies but above all to draw our readers attention to threats on our horizon. True freedom and democracy can so easily be eroded through neglect and there are many who seeking power for themselves, will delight in silence.

If just one person reading just one blog starts to question an assumption then the hours spent writing blogs and contributing to others will have been enormously worthwhile.

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