The Protest Players – Part 2

Hot on the heels of ‘The Protest Players – Part 1‘ comes the second instalment of this mini series looking at ‘who is who?’ of the organisers of the recent batch of anti austerity protests. 

This time we focus on UK Uncut who arranged the protest in the image below for Saturday 30th May 2015

  
and we also look at the organisers of the second protest of the day as shown in the image below…

  
The Organisers of ‘The Great British Right off’ (we’re not sure if that’s a grammatical error or if its meant to be a play on words) were three individuals. Jon Warner, Kelly Fitz and Kyle Williamson. We will talk a little about them later in the blog. 

I must stress at this point that we support protests and are not here to belittle any organisation. I know exactly how hard it is to get support for a protest and how much effort it can take to generate interest. The point of this mini series is to question if the tactics we conduct are working, asking if we know exactly who we are protesting on behalf of and with whom and if we can learn anything of note. I personally have what some may say are controversial opinions on certain groups and tactics but it is opinion with the best of intentions. 

So, UK Uncut had called for more protests just a few days after the previous (semi) high profile protest event on the day of the State Opening of Parliament, and it seems UK Uncut had better success at attracting the numbers. Being a Saturday and just after lunchtime it was hardly a surprise. 

The UK Uncut website says of itself;

“UK Uncut is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to austerity. We use acts of creative civil disobedience to show our opposition to the Government’s cuts to our public services”

They go on to say;

“Austerity-economics is the policy of the powerful. It cannot be stopped by asking nicely. If we want to win the fight against these cuts (and we can win) then we must make it impossible to ignore our arguments and impossible to resist our demands. This means building a powerful grassroots mass movement, able to resist the Government cuts at every turn”

“Since 2010 there have been over 800 UK Uncut actions all over the country”

(The bold type will be relevant later)

The UK Uncut website doesn’t go into who runs it or how it really formed, just that it started from a group of people starting off with a hashtag and the idea growing from there. 

I am more than a little curious, I would love to ask them how they built it up so much since 2010. After all, a good idea needs more than just a hashtag. Trust me. 

Even with The People’s Assembly that we covered in Part 1 of this mini series at least they went into how it was formed and who they got the backing of in the first instance. You get an idea of where there roots are. (Generally Labour MP’s looking for a leftist platform for the party if you were wondering). With UK Uncut, you just don’t know. 

UK Uncut claim to be neither left nor right leaning but offer alternative solutions to austerity. On their Wikipedia entry it states that the group was initially formed by 10 people in 2010 in a pub and yet in 2011 just one year after their formation, the following is said to have happened;

“In November 2011, the legal arm of UK Uncut took HM Revenue & Customs to court. HMRC had been accused of failing to provide substantial reasons for not collecting billions of pounds in tax revenue”
What group of people in a pub in the space of a year gets their own ‘legal arm’? The article doesn’t elaborate but we are taking it at face value. We think there is a question to answer there but we will leave it to you to decide what that question should be. 

Before we move on to the organisers of the second Protest of the day we must pose just a couple more questions about the UK Uncut demo. 

How did the protest go? And what of the bold text above that we haven’t touched upon yet? 

Both questions can be answered as one. The protest happened. It happened and a fair number of people attended, a few thousand maybe. 

What creative act of civil disobedience occurred to make it impossible for the government to ignore?

As far as we can reasonably be expected to know, a great big banner was unfurled over Westminster Bridge. Huzzah!

The event description contained the following passage; 

  
The banner was indeed bold, exciting? Not so much. Creative? Far from it. Secret location? So secret I don’t think anyone knows what happened.. Was Westminster Bridge the secret location? Who knows. 

And this;

  
The Green Party can give us an even better future than the SNP so I assume that UK Uncut are backing the Greens? 

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So what have we learnt from today’s protest and the 800 other UK Uncut actions since 2010? Not a lot, other than government haven’t been moved by any of the 800+ actions. 

So what of the second protest of the day? 

Same day, same time, different location different cause, although once again we say if the protesters had teamed up maybe things could have been a lot different. So often we hear groups like the People’s Assembly and UK Uncut talk of unity and organising, yet they can’t seem to Organise with each other. 

This cause though was for the threat to the Human Rights Act. (We think the word ‘Rights’ is how the spelling for the event was realised, ‘Great British Right off’). A noble cause and one which many activists online are talking about. 

4,700 had said they would attend the UK Uncut demo. 6,200 had said the would attend the ‘Right off’ demo. 

We estimated earlier that around 3,000 turned up for UK Uncut, so it wasn’t shabby at all. For the ‘Right off’ though we estimate about 100 turned up. How did we come to that conclusion? We have little idea ourselves. Actually it was allegedly 500 according to one update we read. 

Meet the organisers of the ‘Right off’. 

First up is Kyle Williamson, his profile gives nothing away other than one post which is anti-tory so that’s a good start although he couldn’t attend because of illness. Then we have Kelly Fitz… I think.. Well… It might… Then we move on to Jon Warner, poor old Jon. Jon seems to be the main organiser here and he was none too pleased at the turnout. I feel for him because I arranged a protest back on 2nd May and if it hadn’t been for Occupy and ‘Feed the Birds’ doing their own thing on the day the official attendence for my protest would have stood at a grand total of around 14. Maybe one or two more at a push. I really do feel for him.

One thing that stands out from Jon’s profile is that he is almost certainly a Labour supporter. He likes the Liberal Democrats but not that much.  

Here are a couple of excerpts from his public status update after the protest;

 

think he is referring to the Unions here
 
 
Bloody toothless Unions
 
 
sea of yellow being the Lib Dems
 

look, here they are!

 

when all you want is a dozen Labour and all you end up with is 100 Lib Dems..

So what we have had today, much like we mentioned in Part 1 of this mini series is two different yet similar groups organising two different events on the same day, again, with one turning out well but having little impact on anything whilst another realises that as individuals we get the short end of the stick, we don’t have a name behind us, like ‘UK Uncut’ or ‘The People’s Assembly’. Maybe they should get a name. ‘Write off the Right off’ perhaps? No? I tried. 

It just leaves me to point out one last thing. People’s Assembly, largely a platform for Labour MP’s as we pointed out in Part 1, the GB ‘right off’ most certainly Labour orientated (plus the Lib Dem 100). So when you support these events just remember you may be giving a voice or support, in an indirect way at least, to the Labour Party. 

We need to do away with the Old political guard. Especially now Labour are moving to the right. It’s odd that Jon hasn’t noticed that yet. Jon! Get back over here… Go Green instead. 

The next in the series will be sometime after the 20th June when we take another but much more brief look at The People’s Assembly again as well as the 10 million Bloc’s taking part. There is a bloc for everything these days. Part 4 will look at a National Strike on 29th June but we are not even sure the Unions either a) know it’s happening or b) would even turn up to their own protest if there was a national strike… Toothless. I may stop at Part 4. We will have to see how much comedy material I have left. 

Keep on Protesting, keep on fighting back. 

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The Protest Players – Part 1

This mini series of Blog Posts, all entitled ‘The Protest Players’ will look at recent protests, who organised them, who backs them and also poses questions around their methods and tactics. 

Do you know who you are backing? Are they the right way forward? How much power do they have? How do they operate? Are their tactics working? 

In part 1 of this mini series we look at the recent protests at the State opening of Parliament on 27th May 2015. Who was behind the protests? What happened on the day? What can we learn?

On 27th May 2015 at around 11.30am the Queen gave her speech at the State opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London. Earmarked for that day were two main protests, largely against austerity and cuts under a Conservative government.

On social media you could find several videos depicting the days protests including; 

Video from Nuzulu / Video from Urban Pictures / Video from BluelightTV

One thing is clear from these videos. Not one of these videos shows any form of protest or disruption of the State opening of Parliament, the very thing the protests were meant to target. Perhaps the protesters couldn’t get near to the event? 

This next video would suggest otherwise. In it, two men are arrested to prevent a breach of the peace for seemingly just having anti austerity placards on their person. They were situated at Parliament Square itself right at the time of the State Opening. 

Video of protesters being arrested at the State opening of Parliament at Parliament Square 

Why were these the only two lone soles to protest at Parliament Square at the time of the State Opening? Where was everyone else and who were the people behind organising the days protests?

The People’s Assembly against austerity had arranged for a protest on the day, to convene on Downing Street at 17.30. Hours after the State Opening had occurred.

The Peoples Assembly protest event page on Facebook

The second protest of the day was organised by a few groups, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), NUS london and The Brick Lane debates. This time it was arranged for Trafalgar Sqaure at 17.00. We will look at the main group that arranged this, NCAFC, later in the blog.
 

NCAFAC protest event page on Facebook
 

So why did The People’s Assembly and National Campaign against fees and cuts arrange protests on the same day, at different times and at different locations that had no influence or impact on the state opening of parliament? 

First we will examine The People’s Assembly. 

According to their website; 

‘The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched with a letter to the Guardian by the initial signatories below’

  • Tony Benn President, Coalition of Resistance
  • Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite the Union 
  • Mark Serwotka General secretary, PCS 
  • Christine Blower General secretary, NUT
  • Michelle Stanistreet General secretary, NUJ
  • Manuel Cortez General secretary, TSSA
  • Dave Prentis General secretary, Unison
  • Billy Hayes General secretary, CWU
  • Bob Crow General secretary, RMT
  • Mick Whelan General secretary, Aslef
  • Kevin Courtney Deputy general secretary, NUT
  • Paul Mackney Former general secretary Natfhe (now UCU)
  • Vicky Baars NUS union development
  • Kevin Donnelly Trade Union Council JCC
  • Caroline Lucas MP
  • Katy Clark MP
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP
  • John McDonnell MP
  • Murad Qureshi London assembly member
  • Dawn Butler Former Labour minister for young citizens and youth engagement
  • Tariq Ali Author
  • John Pilger Journalist
  • Ken Loach Filmmaker
  • Owen Jones Writer
  • James Meadway Senior economist, New Economics Foundation
  • Wendy Savage & John Lipetz Keep our NHS Public
  • Merry Cross Disabled People Against the Cuts
  • John Hendy QC Co-chair, People’s Charter
  • John Hilary Director, War on Want
  • Sam Fairbairn National secretary, Coalition of Resistance
  • Imran Khan Solicitor, co-chair, People’s Charter
  • Rachael Newton People’s Charter
  • Romayne Phoenix Chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Zita Holbourne Co-chair, Black activists rising against the cuts
  • Clare Solomon Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Andrew Burgin Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Colin Hampton Co-ordinator, National Unemployed Workers Centres Combine
  • Anita Wright Secretary, National Association of Women
  • Joginder Bains Association of Indian Women
  • Shang Gahonia Indian Workers Association
  • Carolyn Jones Director, Institute of Employment Rights
  • Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition
  • Kate Hudson General secretary, CND
  • Bruce Kent Peace campaigner
  • Lee Hall Playwright
  • Roger Lloyd Pack Actor
  • Josie Long Comedian
  • Iain Banks Author
  • Arthur Smith Comedian
  • Roy Bailey Folk singer
  • Francesca Martinez Comedian
  • John Rees Counterfire editorial board
  • Natalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party England and Wales
  • Fred Leplat Socialist Resistance
  • Robert Griffiths General secretary, Communist Party of Britain
  • Bill Greenshields Chair, Communist Party of Britain
  • Richard Bagley Editor, Morning Star

  It goes on to say that the Assembly  ‘Is a broad united national campaign against austerity’

and ‘is linked to no political party’

It ‘Is based on affiliation by individual supporters, unions nationally and locally, anti-cuts campaigns, and other student, pensioner, unemployed, disabled people’s, women’s, Black people’s, youth and LGBT campaigning organisations’

and ‘Aspires to support, encourage, coordinate joint action, and facilitate a transfer of experience rather than to command’.

On their website a rookie member of The People’s Assembly completed a report on the days event. Read the full article at the link.

Article from queens speech state opening of parliament

Here though we wanted to focus on the two following paragraphs from that article.

“…. Jeremy Corbyn, (Labour) MP for Islington North voiced perhaps the defining words of the assembly: “Keep the spirit of that world you want to live in – not the nasty divided one we’re in,” he told the crowd..”

“…As Richard Burgon, Labour MP for East Leeds candidly called to the crowd. ‘Don’t wait for politics to fix it. Politics is broken…” 

 

Peoples Assembly Protesters outside Downing Street during the Queens Speech

We notice a common theme amongst the supporters and signatories that despite the Assembly insisting they do not support a political party it’s hard, almost impossible to imagine there is no Labour Party agenda or at least Labour will be using the Assembly as a platform for their Party message.

National Campaign against fees and cuts is a movement of students against tuition fees, education cuts and wider public service cuts and has been operating since 2010. It has the support of the NUS.

I think this is fairly straightforward with only two questions to ponder. 

Why are the the NCAFAC not affiliates to the People’s Assembly when Vicky Baara of NUS development is? Why did they also arrange their protest away from Parliament Square?

Now we have had a look at the groups involved let’s focus on the questions;

Why did both groups arrange their protests at 5pm or 5.30pm? The State opening of parliament occurred late morning into the early afternoon. What better way to make your point than to protest live on TV. 

Everyone has been talking about ‘fighting back’ and not giving the government any rest and protesting at every opportunity. As long as, it seems, we don’t upset too many. people. 

To keep the backing of the MP’s does the People’s Assembly have to conform? After all, the MP’s, even if every party is represented except a Tory one, can’t be seen to be condoning disruptive behaviour. It raises the question doesn’t it? A movement for the people, so long as the MPs don’t get shown up. Is this why the protest was arranged later in the day? Is this why the two protesters in Parliament square who were arrested were the only ones there at all during the State Opening. Are these the only two activists who can think for themselves?

What about the NCAFAC? What was there excuse? Could it be that to be ‘official’ they have to get the backing of the NUS? Would the NUS allow their students and membership to be seen to be disruptive at the State Opening? After all, the bite of the Unions seem to be weaker and weaker with every passing year. 

The likelihood is, and we haven’t verified this, that both groups had notified the police in advance of the protests which meant they were limited in their approach. 

Oddly enough with the People’s Assembly being as big as it is its a wonder why they had less supporters representing the PA than NCAFAC did. Even if they did eventually combine to march another long trek around half of London, leading nowhere but eventually back to Trafalgar Sqaure. 

Why does everything end up back at Trafalgar Square? Why do we march aimlessly around London for a couple of hours. Footage from the protest shows at one point everyone keeping to the pavement. Poor innocent pedestrians, must have taken ages to walk through that throng of people. Still, at least it meant the cars could move freely from A to B.

We witness one video of a member of Anonymous facing off against police all on his own, despite being surrounded by dozens if not hundreds of fellow protesters. Walking into and backing into the police line won’t get you very far, and it didn’t. Despite his best efforts, the crowd couldn’t be convinced to commit any sort of civil disobedience. 

The purpose here is not to lambaste the people taking part, after all, they are making an effort and doing more than most. No, the idea is to ask the questions. To make us question, what are we doing here? Who are we backing? Is this making the right impact. 

People will say my comments are divisive, I would say that two separate groups arranging two separate protests at two separate times of day both of which were totally irrelevant times, is the more divisive action. 

Anti-Capitalist? What’s your excuse, Apathy?

“It’s only football, there are bigger issues to worry about”

      “It’s a distraction”

Do these statements sound familiar?

I wish that some activists would realise how two-faced and short sighted attitudes like this are.

This is the exact reason why FIFA has been able to get away with so much for so long. 

When non politically minded people don’t vote or don’t protest because of statements like 

“It won’t change anything” or 

        “Things could be worse”

We often accuse those people of apathy, of not seeing ‘the bigger picture’. 

  
We as activists often go after the big corporations such as Coca Cola, Nike, Walmart, McDonalds because their unethical values and big money play a huge part in the corruption and injustice in the world be it financial or with human cost in the sweatshops.

Yet, somehow when it comes to the people’s game. The game of football, which through no fault of its own has been turned into a rich mans playground at least at the very top of the game is lambasted as not worth our time.. It’s only football, right? It’s only a distraction, isn’t it?

Before I lose you through uninterest (apathy reigns?), allow me to quickly give a few points as to why you should be taking a huge interest. 

  • The human cost. In the recent Brazil World Cup communities were uprooted against their will to make way for the building of World Cup buildings
  • The human cost. In Qatar (an upcoming World Cup) migrants are literally dying in their thousands whilst working on World Cup buildings. Falling to their deaths because of a lack of safety equipments and awful working conditions. Migrant workers make up the largest percentage of the entire Qatar population. Not to mention the poor wages they earn. (Here is just one of many articles on worker deaths, the death toll by some estimates runs into the thousands)
  • It is said that the World Cup brings long lasting prosperity to a country, yet the evidence often  fails to support this. When Brazil held the World Cup prior to its most recent one they said the same thing, yet old stadia lie in ruins, dilapidated wrecks. Things had improved for a while but ultimately there was no long lasting wealth or job creation. So for the people of the last World Cup in Brazil or South Africa and Qatar, what price their suffering?
  • The cost itself. These smaller nations willing to fork out Millions and billions for the right to host the tournament in the false belief that they will reap some financial reward that will never come or if it does, won’t last, yet many of their people still live in abject poverty.
  • The Corporations. Coca Cola, McDonalds, Nike and many more all put their brands to the World Cups. They spend their fortunes on the right to be a main sponsor. The money gained often through those unethical means we so often shout about.
  • The Internal corruption. Do we need to say any more on this?

Here we reach our final destination, our final point and perhaps we have saved the ‘best’ for last. 

Where does the corruption reach?

  
We know that high level FIFA executives have been at it for ages and it’s about time they had their justice but is that it? Does the corruption now stop? No. The recent FIFA arrests are likely the tip of the iceberg and we may never see what’s under the water. 

Still think it doesn’t concern you? 

There has to be little doubt that some nations football associations are complicit in the corruption and then you have to ask do they have the backing of their governments? Whilst many suggest that the African nation’s are at the forefront of the corruption there are FIFA employees who are also from the Western nations and would you put it past some of those governments to get involved in a few back hand deals? Examples include Russia and Qatar as two stand out possibilities. Who would argue that? 

What of our own government. Well, largely untouched by the controversies but let’s not forget a few key points 

  • The FA were found to be giving ‘gifts’ to other nations during the 2018 & 2022 bidding process
  • The FA refuse to take any decision regarding FIFA, why would you associate yourself with a clearly corrupt organisation?
  • The UK government remains strangely silent on a matter that stretches the globe when we know that David Cameron likes to put his two pence worth in on usually the most mundane of subjects. 

(I bet that bastard is up to his neck in it.)
In short. This has everything to do with us as activists. 

So what can you do? Here is the least you can do.

Visit and like the FB page here 

And either via the link above or if you prefer directly here, sign the petition to pressure the FA to withdraw from all FIFA related competitions and activities.

Don’t be apathetic. 

30/05/15 UPDATE:

This is exactly the kind of comment we mean. This is not to belittle the commenter, hence the blacked out name but to highlight the bigger picture people are constantly missing

  
Three words were given back: 

Migrant worker deaths.

  

FIFA & The Banks – The Truth Will Out

If you are not yet up to speed on the developments of the arrests of FIFA officials we have given a brief summary below. Over the coming days and weeks we will be following this closely and updating you with any developments. Also we will be doing our own research (because unless it’s given to the MSM on a plate.. You’re not going to hear about it) into;

Where does the money trail go? What banks are involved? Indeed are the banks involved? Who benefits from the corruption the most? Is there a pattern from certain continents? Why didn’t the banks notice the money laundering? How can a federation as large as FIFA get away with so much for so long? 

We hope to be if not answering, then addressing these issues and more over the coming days and weeks. Follow our blog or subscribe for all the updates. 

 

You can sign a petition to ask the FA to withdraw from all FIFA comeptitions here at the link http://tinyurl.com/q6fg32q
 
Today in Zurich seven top FIFA officials were arrested and indicted on corruption charges in a U.S inquiry whilst seven others were arrested as part of an investigation by Swiss prosecutors into the 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids.

  
The Following are the arrested persons. 

  • Jeffrey Webb – head of Concacaf, and Fifa vice-president
  • Costa Rica’s national football chief Eduardo Li, who was due to join Fifa’s executive committee on Friday
  • Uruguay’s Eugenio Figueredo, president of South American football governing body Conmebol
  • Venezuelan Football Federation president Rafael Esquivel
  • Brazil’s Jose Maria Marin, a member of Fifa’s club committee
  • Fifa development officer Julio Rocha from Nicaragua
  • Costas Takkas, of the UK, an attache to the Concacaf president
  • Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner
  • Nicolas Leoz
  • Aaron Davidson 
  • Alejandro Burzaco 
  • Jose Margulies 
  • Hugo Jinkis 
  • Mariano Jinkis.

The BBC ‘s Nick Bryant tweeted this diagram from US prosecutors showing the alleged scheme
Quote below taken from the BBC 

“…..Several officials have already pleaded guilty, the US Department of Justice says. These include Charles “Chuck” Blazer, the former head of Concacaf, who was previously on the Fifa executive committee…..”

Subscribe or follow us for the Full report and updates on the FIFA and banking corruption. The Truth will Out. 

The lights are on, but nobody’s home. 

Stop hypothesising. It’s right in front of you. Can you see it yet? 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

  

Probably not. Whilst you are busy hypothesising how we can get the Tories and Labour out of power and procrastinating that we will never see the Green Party gain any real genuine momentum and how we will never see democracy, we have already started a 5 year plan. 

We started this the night before the elections. The 6th May. We knew the Greens would do well but wouldn’t make any huge inroads and when we saw what the SNP did in Scotland, as expected, we knew then that this plan could work. 

There is one caveat to that though. You. Without you there is no plan. This is not hyperbole. It’s a fact. Whilst you’re over there planning to demonstrate on one of the demo days coming up in the summer or thinking about joining the Green Party, both of which by the way are wonderful acts that should be done with passion and commitment, the government is continuing to plan for 5 more years of cuts. 

5 years of ‘we couldn’t give a rats arse about you‘ policies being enacted and everyone meanwhile is saying that Labour have not got a hope in hell in 2020 of taking back their crown to replace Tory austerity with, would you believe, Labour austerity. That’s right wing Labour for you. 

In 2020 if we haven’t got our act together we will see another 5 years of Tory rule. Although demos and lobbying send messages to government they are unlikely to listen. I will eat my hat if Cameron turns round in July and says 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

It’s just not happening. So if we can’t get them out in 2020 and Labour are leaning ever more to the right and protesting won’t change much, if anything, what can we do?

Unless you have a million man army at your disposal then the only viable option is to get them out at the ballot box. Impossible? No. One heck of a challenge? Yes. 

At the very least, if we can’t knock the Tories off their perch then becoming the true opposition to the Tories over Labour is a very real possibility. 

  
Oh you were all thinking of voting Labour in 2020 just to get the Tories out? I am sure many people suggested that this time around as well, but it got us nowhere. What about not voting at all? Well, it’s preferable to voting Tory or Labout but then what? 

In 2020 we will still have the Tories and Labour and no closer to the changes you want to see, because this is the crux, it doesn’t mater how anti government you may be, you will be stuck with on, likely throughout your lifetime. Wouldn’t it at least be better under a green government? Would you not have a better chance of creating the ideological society you yearn for under a Green government?

Forget voting for Labour. It’s time we had someone different in there. A real alternative. A game changer. Finally something to call our own political revolution. The Green Party, progressive ideas, short term plans for improvement for us all and long term plans for a huge, collossal shift in political thinking for the environment and the planet we inhabit. How glorious it would be to have another option in parliament. 

Hang on though.. You’re over there still talking about it aren’t you? Shall we wait? When do you think you might do something about it? Next year? 2018? Maybe even leave it till the last six months.. Why not? Because if we do that then nothing changes. Period. 

  
We are not delusional. We are not saying what we are doing will be the key aspect of a Green victory. We are not saying our work is better than anyone else’s. There are many factors to take into account why this will or won’t work. We know. We have looked at the angles available. Thing is, unless you jump on board with us then this will fail. This won’t go anywhere. Our goal is to change the landscape of thinking, to imprint on the minds of everyone you come into contact with in social media the existence and reality behind the Green Party. Perception is everything and by and large the Greens are still seen as a fringe party. The Green Party don’t have the funds to go viral. The Greens want to do things without mass handouts by sponsors and backers and rightly so. Let’s help them then. Become the unofficial Green Party PR machine. The advocates, the visionaries to a new political future. 

Or of course you could just ignore all this and go back to your one-off demo. This though will last 5 years and it could be everywhere, burrowing in to the psyche of a nation, add with that our plan for Street events across the nation and you potentially have the recipe for the Greens to do an SNP. 

Not exactly sure how we are going to do it? Well. We are not masters of this and we don’t have all the answers but we do know that we have a plan and it does indeed start with each and every one of you clicking a few buttons. For now, that’s all you have to do. 

  
The main campaign event is the ’99G Social Media and Street Event Campaign’ which is making the main effort to spread the message of the Green Party

Our 99G page can be found here which caters to all tastes and has a multitude of content. 

We also have two further side events running both of which are social media based

1 Million Greens & Go Green

1 Million Greens is an effort to get 1 million people (like that which voted in 2015) to join together by joining this event in support of the Green Party and Go Green is a challenge to people that join to between now and 2020 actively convert someone to Green. 

We also have a Street Team group for people who want to be active participants in the social media campaign and potentially help with arranging future street events. You can find it here at the link

Finally, you can find us on Google+, Twitter @202099G, YouTube, Spreaker, Flipboard and Instagram

  
You have nothing to lose but potentially Everything to gain. You can be the key to it being a success. We hope to see you there to make this possible. 

Believe it can happen, because no one else will believe it for you. 

Click, Join and share, click, join and share….

  

Bankster Cartels Caught In The Act, Plead Guilty, Given The Largest (tiny) Fine In Banking History, And Yet Nobody Goes To Jail?

(Excerpt taken from The Telegraph)

Barclays has been handed the biggest UK bank fine in history as six banks were ordered
to pay $6bn (£3.9bn) over manipulating the foreign exchange markets.
The Financial Conduct Authority ordered Barclays to pay £284.4m as part of the British
bank’s £1.5bn settlement with the City watchdog and four US regulators.
Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan, UBS, Citigroup and Bank of America were also fined
by the Federal Reserve, while all but Bank of America were forced to plead guilty to
criminal charges and penalised by the US Department of Justice.
Regulators detailed how traders at the banks, referring to themselves with names such as
“The Cartel”, colluded to rig euro-dollar currency benchmarks, profiting at the expense of
customers.
The bankers attempted to manipulate vital benchmarks used by companies around the
world as a peg for foreign exchange transactions in the $5.3 trillion-a-day market. One
Barclays trader wrote in electronic chats: “If you aint cheating, you aint trying.”

These banks eh, when is enough going to be enough? It said in the article there that they had
pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Apparently these shysters were still fixing the currency
exchange rate (FOREX) in 2014. So having being fined for their fraudulent Libor activities
they were still manipulating the financial markets for their own ends, after the Libor
scandal.
It appears that everywhere you look in the financial industry there is corruption, there is
fraud, but what happens? Nothing!
You manipulate interest rates to make you and the banks billions and yourself millions and
you get caught, the bank has to pay a few hundred million in fines, the net result is, the
bank and its fraudulent banksters are billions to the good. They don’t care, they see a fine
for getting caught for their criminal activity as a hazard of the job. It’s an utter disgrace.

The actions of the bankers is appalling, totally unacceptable and criminal. They should be
in jail! It affects all of us and how much we have to pay. They are stealing from us to line
their own pockets by billions, literally, but no one goes to jail. Billions in fines, hundreds of
millions in bonuses, admitted fraudulent activity, and still no one goes to jail. What has a
banker got to do to go to bloody jail?

I put a quick search into Google and I found this piece…
(Excerpt taken from Hull Daily Mail)

[Somebody from] Boothferry Estate, west Hull, was jailed for 16 weeks for stealing washing
powder and deodorants from various shops.

So this poor guy goes to jail for stealing washing powder and deodorant, but bankers steal
billions, literally, and nobody really gets into any trouble, let alone go to bloody jail. But get
this. I don’t know this guy who went to jail for stealing items but I bet his story goes
something like this, just like millions of others from around the country.
‘Because the banks recklessly gambled and manipulated the markets for their own ends
and for their own selfish bonuses, the banking system collapsed causing the government
to have to bail out the banks to the tune of over a trillion £’s. The government then had to
introduce Austerity to cut costs so that they could start to pay back the money owed by the
government for bailing out the banks who collapsed because the banks gambled and lost.’

This guy could well have been made redundant by a company that had to lay people off,
because the company he worked for had to downsize, because the economy was
shrinking, because of the banks that did all they could to line their own pockets by cheating
and committing fraud, weren’t lending because the same bankers collapsed the system
with their greed.

This guy would then have to go onto benefits because so many companies have closed
because they just couldn’t find any work. He may well of had his benefits sanctioned and
lost them, which means the only way for him to survive would be to steal. He gets caught,
he goes to jail. But the bankers, who wear thousand £ suits, who are responsible for the
financial collapse carry on as if nothing had happened, being paid hundreds of millions in
bonuses despite losing billions.

This is where our so called economic recovery has come from, the £100bn that has been
paid out in banker bonuses since the financial collapse that they caused and has cost
everybody else.

What shows us that our government has absolutely no interest what so ever in stopping
the banks fraudulent practices, or interfering in anyway how the banks are run is the
governments handling of the the Royal Bank of Scotland. Even though the tax payer still
owns 80-82% of RBS, who have been heavily fined for illegally manipulating the currency
market as well, the government couldn’t care less about the tax payer that bailed them out
to the tune of £46bn. Despite losing £50bn in 7 straight years of losses, the government
has still allowed RBS to pay hundreds of millions in bonuses to its staff. More proof, if ever
we needed it, that this government, and Labour before them, are not going to change the
way bankers work, for anybody. Why would the Conservatives when 50% of their funding
comes from these very bankers.

They will sanction people’s benefits for being late for an appointment, but you lose £50bn
after having been bailed out to the tune of £46bn and you get hundreds of millions in
bonuses as a reward.

In 2014 despite RBS losing another £3.5bn in that year alone, the bank handed over
£421mn, including 72 employees that received over £1m that year. The banking system is
sick, it’s corrupt, it’s fraudulent, it’s parasitical, they must be broken up, the high street
banks must be broken down into smaller entities.

How on Earth can we sanction people’s benefits for being late for an appointment meaning
they literally have nothing, but reward such obvious failure with hundreds of million of £’s.

What cost us more, paying hundreds of millions in banker bonuses for multi, multi, tens of
billions of loses, or somebody that’s claiming benefits because they can’t find a job
because of the system that has been destroyed by those paying out hundreds of billions in bonuses and losing our economy hundreds of billions every single year?
The banking losses outweigh the benefit losses by hundreds of millions of times. It’s utterly
ridiculous. It’s almost as if the government are ethically cleansing the poor.

In this so called sensible, civilised society, this is completely insane, and it shows that a
sensible, civilised society we certainly aren’t. But like most things, you don’t see any action
against the banks, you don’t see people gluing pieces of paper on the front of the bank
windows saying “SCUM” on them until they can’t get them off, you don’t see people in
general, protesting them. There was a banker bonus protest a few years ago led by Billy
Bragg bless him, but now it’s just accepted that bankers get paid billions and that’s it. No
wonder they’re saying that the UK is the most unequal society in the western world. That
isn’t something to celebrate, and will eventually lead to riots, because when people have
nothing left to lose, they lose it, and bankers will be targeted, mark my words.