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Resist

A couple of weeks ago a 94 year old German man was found guilty of ‘assisting’ in the murder of thousands at Auschwitz. He was an 18 year old soldier clerk and if he had refused to do his job he would have been shot and someone else appointed.
 
The time to resist is not when you have to choose between life and death but when the dark forces of right wing racism, xenophobia, greed and hatred are on the rise. When a man (or woman), in this case Jeremy Corbyn, show the way that a better nation, a better way and a better future is possible then the least we should do is to support him even more so when many would pull him down, They may say it is ‘Realpolitik’ we need someone else in order to get elected, someone like Tony Blair perhaps, that resulted in millions dying and many millions more lives ruined.
 
It’s risky, of course it is, and he and we may lose an election but terrible though that would be it is far better to have taken a stand, to say ‘No! Up with this I will not put’!
 
You can resist the darkness in little ways by refusing to buy or read xenophobic papers like the Sun and The Daily Mail or Express and email the editors to say you wont. If you see a UKIP/BNP/Britain First stall in your town you can, if you have the courage to, confront them, politely with a smile looking for the humanity that is somewhere inside them.
 
Sometime in the future you will then be able to look your children in their face and say “I did all that I could, as soon as I could.”
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EU Fishing Regulations

Freethinkeruk has recently returned from a sailing holiday in The Isles of Scilly (magical place, go if you can) and called into the fishing port of Newlyn on the way back.

There I enjoyed chatting with an aging fisherman who enlightened me on the plight of the British fishing industry. I’m sure most of my readers will be passingly familiar with the rules that restrict the tonnage of fish caught meaning that trawlers and other boats can only go out a limited number of days per year. There are also restrictions on the type of fish that can be landed said to be to conserve stocks. When nets are being pulled along several hundred feet below the surface there is obviously no way to avoid catching ‘restricted’ fish. What happens to these fish when the nets are brought in? They are dumped over the side, dead! Yes, thousands of tonnes of good edible fish thrown into the deep to rot. The fishermen are not even allowed to bring them ashore and give them away. What a disgusting waste.

This old guy also informed me that due to the quotas and the high cost of diesel he went out for eight days recently, that’s eight days and nights tossing about on the ocean in all weathers, and after paying expenses was left with £240. Less than a pound an hour for working in the most dangerous industry of all.

In defiance of the EU, France subsidises diesel costs for it’s fishermen while our government abides by the letter of EU directives and sits on it’s hands as our fishermen go bankrupt and the industry dies. Not until the cost of our ‘fish n chips’ doubles, trebles or more will anyone, it seems, sit up and take notice.

No wonder then that I’m told most fishermen belong to UKIP!

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