Why Corbyn isn’t the answer but you are

Jeremy Corbyn is not the answer. Jeremy Corbyn is not the solution. His win in 2020 will be just the start, a minor victory, a million miles from the resounding success everyone thinks it will be.  

A victory will be the start of something potentially huge but if the Corbyn voters think that will be ‘it’ then they are sadly mistaken. Of course they will say that they are more than aware of that fact but how far down the track are they focusing? 

One of the biggest obstacles to change is Parliament itself. Also known as ‘the system’. 

When Corbyn decides to put a bill through parliament it will, at one point or another, be considered a big change. Perhaps a change to military engagement or a huge tax change to the wealthy or perhaps a change to domestic law. Maybe even a change to the democratic process itself. At that point there will be vested interests for those bills not to see the light of day. There is a long process for a bill to come to pass including a couple of times round parliament and then the House of Lords. Plenty of scope for change never to come to pass. 

When that happens, and it likely will, what then? Where is the democratic process left? 

Sure, as things stand now the likes of the House of Lords can and do block bills such as recently the reduction in Tax credits introduced by the Conservatives. The potential for Corbyn to have multiple bills blocked is stark. The people in charge will not want there to be such huge change. 

Of course Corbyn doesn’t have to go all out guns blazing ripping up the rule book but that won’t wash with the people who vote him in. They will want change, they will want results and if it doesn’t come then it may be seen as a false dawn for the traditional left and an excuse for blue Labour to return the party to what will be a resurgent centre ground or even centre right. 

Labour voters and especially Corbyn supporters will need to not just campaign for a Labour victory but be out in voice and show genuine passion at wanting the changes that Corbyn will try to implement and if parliament manages to block several bills in succession then Labour voters must go out in force, because this wouldn’t be just a blip, a one off, an exception to the rule, this will most likely be a concentrated effort to knock Corbyn from power. At any cost. 

The point is that at some point it will all come to an end. Either Corbyn will be ousted, or he will step down after one or two unsuccessful terms or he will lead the charge to glory and win back-to -back terms but at some point, as sure as night follows day, there will be another Labour leader and they likely won’t be of the ilk of Corbyn, or indeed as is just as likely, the Conservatives will return to power and if nothing has been achieved by Corbyn to effect democratic change then all of this will have been for nothing. 

Corbyn is the best chance the traditional left and indeed human kind within Britain has had at redressing certain balances within our democracy for many many years. It really is an all or nothing moment. Failure to deliver means returning to the politics of old where the people are ignored and politicians talk double speak at the drop of a hat. No one like Corbyn is going to be given the chance again after this, not unless he is such a resounding success that everyone in the country suddenly sits up and realises what they have been previously voting for all these years.  

Whether you’re an anarchist, a communist a social democrat or just a plain old Labour voter or simply a nice human being 2020 will be the time to start the fight against the establishment, to take back parts of our true democracy lost to us decades and decades ago. Some may say it never existed but this is a chance to make a significant incremental change. If this can be done, it’s a step closer to our ideals than we have ever been before. 

After that, we can all return to our own versions of our ideology in the knowledge that we did something practical and beneficial for the majority of the country and that’s a damn sight more than had been achieved by many, if any, before us. 

The system is indeed rigged against us. The system is broken, but change can come. We just need to believe that it can happen and fight for that because doing nothing just because we don’t believe in that particular ideology is setting ourselves up to fail. 

A start is better than no start at all. 

The battle against the establishment hasn’t even begun. 

  

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To ALL my friends – Can you help me?

Seriously thanks for reading this. You could do me a massive favour by reading this, I know you’re not heavily into politics and I guess in a way this is political but really it’s more of a request. A favour. Something that you could do for me. You may owe me nothing but I think this may resonate with you. 

• If you’re wealthy then whoever is in charge of the country really won’t matter, it will never get that bad for you that you will become poor. Please, for those of us that are not that wealthy, for those of us that struggle it would help us a lot if you vote Labour in 2020. Think of it as a favour. 

• If you’re comfortable financially then I’m asking you to consider your friends who don’t have it so easy, who are not comfortable. We don’t want something for nothing but we do want a caring government and the only way we will be protected is by having a Labour government in 2020. So in 2020, can you vote Labour?

• If you’re working a minimum wage or maybe just above a minimum wage and you believe that a vote for the Conservatives is going to give you the best chance in life then I am asking you to consider two things. 1) For some of us the Conservatives won’t give us a chance to get on in life, we believe a Labour government will help us to survive and give us a chance 2) With the welfare cuts and the way the Conservatives treat the poor, what happens if you lose your job or get made redundant? Will the way things are now give you confidence that you could survive? In short, if Labour are in power not only will you keep your job but if anything happens to your job or you go through a struggle in life the only party that will help you keep your head above water is Labour. Please,  can you vote Labour in 2020?

• If you don’t vote for anyone, please, it’s just a matter of walking into a booth and ticking a box. You can even do it by post. If it doesn’t bother you who is in power then can you help a friend out? Could you do your friend a favour? Could you vote Labour in 2020? 

You may have heard that Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is a risk to national security or that he is a danger to you and your family or that he will take the country backwards. If you’re still with me… I can give you a very brief explanation…

Do you think I am stupid? I may be poor but I am not stupid. I am not going to vote for someone who is dangerous to myself or you. I care about everyone, rich or poor. Even if we rarely speak.. I do care what happens to you. 

The reason the press and the establishment do not like Jeremy Corbyn is simply because he wants bankers to not be able to get away with ripping the British public off, he wants the likes of Google to pay their fair share of tax so that Britain is more wealthy, he doesn’t want wars, he wants to find diplomatic solutions to conflict, he wants to stop selling weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia that use them to kill civilians. He wants fairness, justice and a prosperous future for everyone, including YOU. Of course the establishment don’t like him, because the establishment would like to protect the banks and corporations at all costs because all they think about is money.

I know you’re not all about money. Sure like most people you like money and you want to be able to spend it but that’s not going to stop under Jeremy Corbyn. Whatever happens in 2020 you will be just fine no matter who is in charge. For some of us though, who is in charge will impact us. It wil make a difference. It will make our lives harder. 

So I am asking you to do me and people like me a favour. Can you vote for Labour in 2020? Can you look through the lies in the media? Can you instead listen to me, your friend? 

We may talk lots or we may only be acquaintances on a social media site but regardless, we know each other, and I’m asking you to vote with me, not against me. Can you help? 

Hate Russia? Why It’s just a distraction. 

Russia is a threat to the national security of the UK, USA, Eastern Europe and.. Oh.. Let’s just throw in the entire globe, why not? After all, Russia is the awakened bear that is snarling it’s way through conflict after conflict. It’s human rights records are the worst second to none. Clearly. I heard it from David Cameron’s own mouth so it must be true. 

Which is the odd one out? China, Russia or Saudi Arabia? No, the answer is not Saudi Arabia. 

The answer is Russia. Why? Because Russia is consistently vilified in the press, consistently vilified by governments for all sorts of ills, inlcuding invading territories, it’s human rights record and it’s threat to national security. Yet neither China nor Saudi Arabia are afforded the same response. There is a reason I am including China and Saudi Arabia in this contrasting double standard and if it doesn’t convince you to question the narrative then you can have your proverbial money back. 
Recently we have seen many news articles coming out of China in relation to prominent businessmen going missing for weeks on end with no word of there whereabouts and more recently we saw the news that Chinese duel-national book writers living in Hong Kong have also gone missing, believed abducted by Chinese agents. 

Of course there is no evidence of this an there is no word on wether these enemies of the state are dead or alive or even just alive but tortured. 

Where else have we heard about such state interference? Litvinenko. The man that UK authorities have decided was murdered by poisoning on the order of the Kremlin. In fact they go beyond that and say that President Putin ‘probably’ ordered the ‘hit’. Note the word ‘probably’. Never mind that sections of the press have called into question the allegation as shown in this article and that prominent thinkers have ridiculed the UK decision to question the findings, the UK government are so convinced of Putins guilt that they have openly condemned Russian authorities in the press and lobbed these findings into statements on the ongoing ‘threat’ that Russia poses to world stability. 

Whilst this story relates to a death  on UK soil it would be amiss to think that espionage doesn’t occur in foreign countries at the hands of the UK secret service, especially in regions of the world that would command less scrutiny such as Afghanistan, Syria and so forth. It would also be amiss to not question the alleged actions of Chinese officials in Hong Kong against duel-nationals including nations such as Sweden. No such condemnation by the UK authorities on China’s actions. China is also not a threat to world stability so their actions probably don’t count in the minds of the UK government.

Is China not a threat to world stability though? Their actions in the South China Sea would seem to suggest otherwise. The tensions in the region are felt across the globe including countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. Even the Americans have been testing their military resolve by flying fighter planes within the claimed borders of Chinese territory at the disputed islands. It’s not just the disputed islands either, it’s the artificial islands that China have built in what is meant to be international waters. 

Whilst there has been condemnation against China for its actions there has been little in the way of public media statements against the regime and certainly no ridiculing the state authorities. 

The same can be said for Saudi Arabia. The clear Shia/Sunni divide is clear and present with constant allegations against Saudi Arabia of Human rights violations against the  Shia minority population including recently where around 47 people were executed by the Saudi regime for acts of terrorism. One of those was a well known Shia civil rights activist and respected figure. 

Far from condemning such actions the UK government appear to support the Saudi Regime in its actions as shown in this video

Recently we have seen Saudi Arabia accused of Human Rights violations in Yemen yet no investigation is forthcoming. They are known to export terrorism to foreign nations such as Pakistan and even countries like the UK where special schools are funded to teach a specific type of Islam that certainly is not conducive to the public good. No actions from the UK government on this yet the Conservative PM, David Cameron, has the nerve to suggest the people who recognise these aspects of the Saudi reach across the world are terrorist sympathisers. 

Of course Saudi Arabia is heading a coalition of regional nations and factions of around 40 all of which are supporters of Sunni Muslims, something Iran sees as a direct threat to itself and its easy to see why. The amount of power that seems to be coming from Saudi Arabia seems to be growing of late, maybe it has something to do with the fact Saudi Arabia are currently at the head of the United Nations Human Rights council. The only reason they got to that position is thanks to a deal they reached with David Cameron. A “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch ours” type of deal. 

No such luxury for Russia as thanks to its involvement in Ukraine it has now been singled out as the greatest threat to world stability. This is not made up. Both the UK and US openly condemn Russia, openly criticise it’s every move and openly ridicule its leader. A leader with immense internal popularity. 

Ukraine is anything but black and white. The young populous of Ukraine want change, they want rid of corruption and see allegiance to the EU as opposed to Russia as far more democratic. They experienced Russian interference in Crimea, the far right trying to impose their will during maidan, a president fleeing in what was essentially a coup and a newly reformed government beset with corruption. Ukraine is essentially as it stands a largely local issue. Certainly not one that threatens world peace. More than anything right now it needs its parliament to be rid of the corruption blocking its progress. 

Russia didn’t do Its image any favours in Syria but it’s important to tell the truth, no matter how ugly that truth is. Russia were invited into Syria by an elected government. Everyone else that is in Syria was not, with the exception of Iran. Whether we like it or not, Russia had every right to assist assad against armed insurgents and jihadist groups, whom, as it happens were armed, trained and backed by the West. That is a fact admitted by politicians in the USA. 

Then you have civil rights issues such as LGBT issues. So often we here condemnation from UK authorities and spokespeople and even do-gooder activists but it’s important to recognise Saudi Arabia’s treatment of the gay community, they openly behead people for these ‘crimes’, and China doesn’t exactly welcome homosexuality either. Yet we focus consistently on Russia. Why? 

Russia is a deeply religious country, the church there still hold much sway in what happens in society far unlike anything here in the West. To think shaming Russia into changing its laws is fantasy land. Speaking out against it is commendable but we tend to be taransfixed with changing Russian society right down to asking for a Boycott of its Winter Olympics and its upcoming football World Cup. 

Although media talks of the same issues in China and Saudi Arabia it’s not with the same regularity and we rarely see anyone focus on the LGBT rights issues in African nation’s where often they make Saudi Arabia’s discrimination towards the gay community seem tame. 

Let us here in the UK also not forget our own place in all of this. Only in recent years have we allowed gay marriage. Only under Tony Blair was Section 28 repealed as installed by Margaret Thatcher in 1988. 

“Section 28, which became law in 1988, banned local authorities from portraying homosexuality in a positive light. It became a totemic issue for Conservative modernisers. In 2003, when it was abolished by the Labour government, Mr Cameron voted for only the partial lifting of the ban.”

Section 28 is a very similar law to what Russia has implemented recently, which has caused the recent condemnation.

With only such a recent history of writing our wrongs how dare we act as the worlds police on Gay Rights issues and how dare we vilify Russia to such a degree at the clear expense of other far worse nations. 

We move finally to trade. We sanction Russia and prevent it from trading with certain nations amongst many other minor sanctions, the effects of which has had an effect on its economy at the expense of its people. 

Yet we allow China to dump steel at low prices in Europe, an illegal practice but do nothing. We offer huge UK contracts to build our railways and our new unclear power stations. 

We sell billions of pounds worth in arms to Saudi Arabia who then use those weapons in places like Yemen where a humanitarian crisis is occurring and thanks to the instability ISIS is threatening to expand. 

Is there not a huge glaring disparity with how we treat nations? It boils down to one thing. Trade with us, ally with us, work with us and we will never criticise you or belittle your leaders in public. 

If you’re against us or just simply don’t do what we ask of you.. Think Syria.. Then you make an enemy of us. That’s all this boils down to. 

There is no reasonable logic to why Russia is vilified the way it is. We may not like all that Russia does, we may criticise its actions and arguably rightly so, but when there are such glaring contradictions and the way we allow other nations to do as they please with impunity it makes it clear that the rhetoric against Russia is nothing but that, rhetoric. The government vilifies Russia to appease its allies. The US still fears the Red Commies, Saudi Arabia is an enemy of Russia and Ukraine wants to be part of Europe and we have no trade with Russia. It’s easy. Too easy to slate the Russian regime. 

Of course for much of the UK public it’s a green light to agree with the government and by into the anti Russia, anti Putin ideology. 

If as much pressure was applied by the public against the likes of Saudi Arabia or China it may be a more justified and righteous course of action. It’s easy to ridicule Russia, not so easy to ridicule a national ally. Try it, you might just help make a genuine difference. 

Ground offensive nears, Turkey and Saudi jostle for position as media sweet talks Assad

All roads lead here. There are growing signs that a ground offensive in Syria is very near and the ground work to ensure the public is on-side is being laid in the media. 

Today Sky News released a report that is written in a way unlike anything before it. Consider that the media has always shown Syria and its leader Assad in a negative light, the instigator, the one that must go above all else, the dictator that massacres his own people. 

Then consider the report from Sky News today. 

The report states: “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 100 rebel fighters have been killed in the government offensive launched (on Aleppo) on Monday.”

“More than 60 regime troops have also died in the operation, which has been backed by Russian airstrikes.

“..In the footage, fighters and residents waved the Syrian and Hezbollah flags, and some chanted pro-regime slogans, including “God, Syria, Bashar and nothing else,” in reference to Syrian president Bashar al Assad.”

“The two villages had been under attack by rebels since 2012 and reaching them has been a goal of the government, which has also sought to cut off key rebel supply routes into Aleppo.”

The report went to to talk of the Syrian Army in a positive light which clearly unusual. There is no suggestion that the reports of the crowds cheering their liberation are false. The article does not even try to refute this. 

(It should be noted that we first saw this article around 14.00 hours today near to the time this article was released. Since then the article has been updated at around 16.00 hours and it does appear to have been watered down somewhat in its original positivity towards Assad. However without visual proof of this it is hard for us to show you or prove this, all the same the article is still largely positive with the exception of a few seemingly added ‘comments’ from Turkey and the U.S.) 

The question initially arose “why would mainstream media begin reporting on Assad in a positive light?” 

Had America and its allies decided that backing Assad now will bring an end to the refugee crisis? Will it bring an end to the war far more quickly? It would, but then what’s in it for the US and its allies? After more than a year of arming and backing the rebels it would look odd now to start backing Assad. So how would you start supporting the regime in Syria without losing face?

Cue stories in the mainstream media of Syrian army success stories. Show them as liberators, then when the West starts backing the Syrian army the public will support the move and forget all about siding with the Rebels. 

But then something else came to light on reading further news coverage today. All signs point to a ground invasion, yes it’s been suggested for a while but this may be the closest we have come to it being a reality. The public have to be on-side with a ground offensive. Goverenments can’t afford for their people to second guess a ground invasion, after all certainly with the UK government it’s what people had been calling for instead of air strikes. David Cameron though had said that he would not send troops into Syria, that it would be left to regional forces. Well, he said Rebel forces but I think even he now recognises that it’s not going to happen with the collapse of the peace talks in Geneva. Perhaps a ground offensive by Western troops will be the only option but how to get around the public concern?

Build a narrative. Build a picture that actually shows the West supporting Assad in his fight against the rebels and ISIL forces. 

The heat has been turned up to resolve the crisis in Syria with the news today that Libya is fast becoming a recruiting ground for ISIL forces with estimated insurgents on the rise. Libya in case you hadn’t noticed has gone backwards in recent days and the fears are that there will after all be no peaceful solution to Libya. 

Add to that the fear that Afghanistan is also believed to be becoming more and more unstable and is also likely to become a heavy recruiting centre for ISIL, it’s now imperative that Syria is sorted, and quickly. 

There are one or two remaining factors to mention in all of this. Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 

Saudi Arabia today has openly stated it is ready to send in troops in a ground offensive and other reports suggest that Turkey is ready to send in troops from its side although it denies this. 

It is unclear though whether Turkey would be fighting against ISIL, Rebel forces the Syrian Army or Kurdish forces or a mix of all of them. Turkey is said to be outraged that the Syrian Army have displaced more Syrians from Aleppo today of which 70,000 are thought to be headed towards the Turkish border. Turkey though has been accused of allowing ISIL fighters safe passage via the key supply line between it and Aleppo, the very town that was liberated by the Syrian Army today. 

So what is Turkeys intention? Russia appears concerned. 

Of course Turkey is meant to be within NATO and part of the coalition forces, is Turkey about to go off script perhaps with the help of Saudi Arabia? Will the ground offensive be in the name of freeing towns from ISIL and in the process getting Russia on board? 

Or has a secret deal already been prepared in that the coalition will help liberate Syria from Rebel forces in exchange for Assad stepping down afterwards. This would allow all parties to save their reputations and the coalition getting exactly what they wanted, regime change. 

There are so many variables it is hard to pin point exactly how this will pan out but one thing is fairly certain, the ground offensive is very near and the narrative in the press has now changed. 

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