Monday, November 30, 2015

Impressed With JCCCC - Cool Calm and Collected Corbyn!

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's appearance on the Andrew Marr show last Sunday, was a classic lesson in; "how to keep your head while all around you is losing theirs"!  After the week he had to endure, you may have thought he would appear stressed, edgy evasive, jumpy, you may even have been a little concerned for his health, after all, like many of us he is no spring chicken! But no there he was giving a lesson in cool -  Mr JCCCC, Jeremy Cool Calm and Collected Corbyn!

Andrew Marr did his job, he tried to trip him up, but to paraphrase "you stumble if you want to, the gentleman is not for stumbling",  JCCCC remained eloquent, cool calm and collected, directly answering questions from Marr with the customary direct answers that have become the honest man of politics political trademark.

While a few of  his errant malcontent MPs all ran around like the headless chickens they have become ie, Emma Reynolds, Simon Danczuk etc and even the Tom Watson, (although Watson's head seems to have taken on a life of its own and was last seen trying to force itself through the doorway of House of Commons creaky old toilets), Corbyn gave a master class in how to remain calm and influence people. His appearance on Marr, shows the side of him that the Tory press and the Tories do not want us to see. We saw the sensible man, the man that doesn't want to rush to war, the man who wants heels to cool and for all to be given time to think things out, logically, calmly and rationally. If this is a taste of a future prime minister Corbyn, I say bring it on, the public are ready for a proper PM who takes his office seriously and who is more concerned with the people than he is about his celebrity.

David Cameron;s indecent rush to bomb yet another Arab country was done more to try and divide the Labour party, than it was to help (or most probably hinder) any peace efforts, Cameron has obviously sunk to a new low, using the plight of war torn Syria as a political football to play for his own advantage. Of course anyone with half a brain cell knows this vote was planned to cover up Tory chancellor's embarrassment in making a U turn after Mr Corbyn and Labour forced him to turn back on tax credits cuts. The public have sussed this, but not apparently some malcontent Labour MPs who are b not only intent on undermining Corbyn at every twist and turn as they make new 'friends' with the Tory press, they are obviously intent on undermining their own political careers, as soon as they serve their purpose to the Tory press, their new bestest mate right wing journos will turn on them just as ferociously as they turn on Corbyn, not only that, these MPs will soon discover the wrath of the vast majority of the Labour membership and Labour supporters in general. They should remember Karma, she can be a real bitch when she bites!

Anyway  back to JCCCC's Marr performance, no wonder the Tories and the Tory press and  some of the right wing malcontent Blairites in the Labour party do not want us to see this side of Corbyn and want us to believe he is bumbling, indecisive and all the rest of it (which is patently untrue), they're terrified the public will listen to his common sense, like his cool, clam, collected rational approach and that would be a disaster for them, because the British public would flock towards Jeremy Cool-Calm-Collected Corbyn in droves - as proven throughout all last summer when he drew crowds of thousands at each venue he appeared at.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

No David Cameron - #DontBombSyria

David Cameron wants to bomb IS/Daesh in Syria, however, Daesh is also in the UK, Belgium and France etc so does he intend to bomb us and them too?  Of course not, so why is David Cameron so keen  to bomb Syria? It's fact that David Cameron has been trying to bomb Syria for virtually all his premiership  and I am wondering why?

Saudi Arabia has been a big buyer of UK made weapons since the 1960s and this practice has intensified since David Cameron came to power in 2010. Cameron has led several arms selling conventions to Saudi Arabia. Cameron has defended British arms selling conventions to Gulf countries and insisted that the Arab Spring was a positive development and that there were "no no go areas" in talks with autocratic allies. One has to wonder here how this quote would be met by the Tory press and Tory MPs and their hysterical supporters if it had come from the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn? One or two papers (Sun, Mail & Telegraph) would surely be demanding Corbyn's head on a stake that's for sure.
David Cameron wants us to show respect to Saudi Arabia because he wants his friends to be able to go on selling arms to Saudi and the Saudis want to stay friends with David Cameron, so we can do the Saudis dirty work for them and carry on bombing Syria. Note that Saudi Arabia has not done a single thing to help stop the situation in Syria, yet has been waging war on Yemen. A bloody conflict in Yemen has been raging for many months - but largely ignored by the UK and the rest of the world. The Yemen has suffered devastating air strikes, led by Saudi Arabia, they have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians and destroyed homes, schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, the UK government has been providing weapons to those committing these horrific war crimes. Where is the outrage in our parliament? Where are the MPs all queuing up to condemn Saudi Arabia and threaten them with airstrikes if they do not stop bombing Yemen? Why is the Tory press and the broadcast media not covering this and informing the British public?

If Britain bombs Syria, how do we know that we are bombing where Daesh actually is? Does David Cameron really believe his own  nonsensical claims that Daesh leaders are all sitting around in Raqqa just waiting to be exterminated by coalition bombs? "Hey! Here we are Mr Cameron, come drop your bombs on us". Does Cameron really believe that these inhuman sub species do not have prior warnings that a bomb is coming their way, and they they don't disappear into the crowds of innocent Syrians within seconds of being told warplanes are coming? So perhaps Mr Cameron should actually tell us on whose heads his British sent bombs will be falling? Hospitals, schools, shops, markets, full of the poorest most vulnerable Syrian citizens trying to live in their civil war torn country. These are the people too poor to get on a boat and try to get out of that hell hole, so I don't suppose they matter too much to anyone, they're just "collateral damage" as the Americans say, unfortunate but hey shit happens in war ------next.  'Hell', Cameron doesn't even care about those highly educated people his bombs have helped to displace, they make it on to the boats and if by some miracle they and their families arrive intact and don't lose their tiny children and babies to death by drowning in the cold sea waters, they are soon made aware that they can expect little or no help at all from Britain. Cameron wants all the 'glory' of bombing the hell out of Syria, but he wants to quickly run away from the responsibilities dropping those bombs on innocent people give us. Cameron has made it virtually impossible for refugees (he has helped to displace) to seek asylum from the bombs that he (Cameron) is having dropped upon them in their own country. What an utterly shameful appalling indictment on us the British people, Appears "British fair play" went out of  Downing Street window the day Cameron became prime minister in 2010.

If Cameron has his way and his wish to bomb Syria is granted and the UK starts filling up the already crowded airspace with British Tornado warplanes helping to bomb the living hell out of Syria and terrifying Syrian citizens, can he tell us whose side we are actually going to be on?

In 2013 Cameron and his then foreign secretary William Hague wanted to bomb Syria along with President Obama, the then Labour leader Ed Miliband stopped him and in turn was treated to a vitriolic foul mouthed outpouring of personalised abuse from number 10. "a fucking c**t and a copper bottomed shit" and the French hate you were amongst  the insults coming directly from PM Cameron's Downing Street office. Yet Ed Miliband who was at that time backed by the current leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn, were categorically proved ten thousand percent right not to attack Syria, The then so called "rebels" that Cameron and Hague wanted to fight alongside and help their attempts to overthrow the democratically elected Syrian President Assad, were not "Syrian freedom fighters" they turned out to be members of IS/Daesh and Al Qaeda. Cameron and Hague not only wanted to support these terrorists with British bombs, they wanted to support them with British taxpayer funding and a British taxpayer funded supply of arms. Yet absolutely nothing is said of this in the Tory supporting right wing press and much of it has been expunged from the internet by Conservative Central Office, it's as if history has been re written. Can you just imagine the who-ha if Jeremy Corbyn had done this? Would the Tory press and Tory biased broadcast media have kept so quiet? Miliband was accused of siding with Russia, now Cameron wants to side with Russia and Russia is fighting to keep Assad in power, the same Assad that Cameron wanted to arm so called 'rebels' to dispose of in 2013. Most Syrians just want the bombing to stop and want their country left alone with Assad in control, so is Cameron on their side?
Miliband and Corbyn were absolutely correct to vote to stop the foolhardy rush to bomb Syria in 2013 and they are absolutely correct to try and cool the war heels of Cameron now.

France has been bombing Syria for months has it prevented a terrorist attack in France? Did France bombing Syria prevent the devastating Paris attacks that resulted in so much loss of life, bloodshed and ruined lives? Where was the wall to wall coverage of bombing of a Syrian school in Raqqa with the loss of life of five little children?

When the UK joins Russia, the US and France in dropping bombs on Raqqa, how will it be known that Daesh fighters have not entered a school or hospital using hostages to hide amongst endangering the lives of innocent children and Syrian citizens - or is this OK because it's 'collateral damage?'

Our number one action should be not to bomb and attack Syria using the language of war, it was NOT Syria, or the Syrian people or even President Assad who attacked Paris, it was Daesh terrorists. In my opinion the president of France Francois Hollande announcing that France/the west was at war with Daesh is fundamentally a huge error. That must have been music to the ears of Daesh leaders, to be told they are at war with France/Europe is just the kind of legitimation they want, this gives them an excuse in their eyes to "legitimately attack" other countries and most of all it gives them ammunition to recruit impressionable minds to their 'cause' and if we are to get anywhere at all, it is this that we must try and stop first and foremost.

How far has our country Great Britain sunk when we allow a peace loving man to be mocked, lied about and totally and utterly and deliberately misrepresented, simply because he believes that bombing another country causing pain, distress, fear, grave injuries and deaths is the wrong thing to do and that we should exhaust all other avenues before taking such actions first?

Cameron and the American president Obama has only now started talking about how we must close down the bank accounts of Daesh. stop them selling oil, stop their supply of arms, destroy their training camps etc etc. Yet this is exactly what Jeremy Corbyn has been calling for, for YEARS not months YEARS! Jeremy Corbyn was calling for action on 'IS' before it became "fashionable" by the chattering classes, armchair generals and bar stool preachers to do so. Yet this is ignored and he is crucified in the Tory press for NOT wanting the deaths of the innocent, and for NOT wanting the lives of members of our armed forces put at risk and above all for NOT wanting to increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack here in the UK and the horrors of that.

Where are we as a country when we persecute a leader whose anti war stance has been proven right on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and countless other occasions?
Where are we as a country when the right wing press are so venomous they hound, bully and persecute a person for wanting peace and for wanting to try and find a peaceful solution to try and end this conflict?

In the end all the bullets, bombs and talk of war will not save a single life but talking and trying to find a political solution will.

Jeremy Corbyn is not saying we should not go into Syria, or that we should do nothing, what he is advocating is the thinking man's war. Cut off Daesh money supply, cut off their arms supplies, cut off their oil revenues, destroy their training camps and above all cut off their supply of impressionable minds which they use to recruit as foot soldiers.

How many times are the British public going to allow themselves to be fooled by war hungry Tory press presenting them with jingoism and contrived answers polls?
How many times are we going to meekly allow the likes of the Tory press and Tory broadcast media using phrases like "mastermind" to describe daesh terrorist leaders? These people are not masterminds they are a ramshackle subspecies getting lucky, they are cowards because they don't blow themselves up, they recruit impressionable young men and women to do that, while they carry on their cushy lives and we keep giving them the ammunition to use to do it, with each and every single bomb we drop on another defenceless people in yet another Arab country.

Go into Syria with crack forces of all countries under one command, but not to bomb or kill. Go into Syria and start rebuilding their infrastructure their schools, hospitals, clinics, shops and markets etc train their doctors, nurses, police etc and each time Daesh bomb it down - rebuild it! Show people in Syria we will not stop and leave them without a life and show them that terrorists will nkt win. Show people here in the UK, France Belgium, Russia the US etc that we want to help positively not want to hurt their people, Carry on until Daesh and their destruction becomes reduced and isolated.  If we keep doing this then we stand a chance of positively influencing would be recruits to Daesh terrorism and we can win the war, battle by battle without dropping a single bomb. In short what we as a huge coalition would be doing is removing the number one tool Daesh use to recruit their foot soldiers and in this way we can and will eventually beat terrorism. We will never beat it by bombing and killing.

If we back Cameron bombing Syria we substantially increase the likelihood of another terrorist attack in the UK and each time David Cameron sings his war tunes and makes his war phone calls to Labour MPs trying to drum up support for something those MPs instinctively know will do nothing but increase the risk to the UK and if they give him their support, then they are enabling the hell that will be visited upon so many of our own people.

Cameron's way is insanity, it is not the way. The only reason he is doing this now is politics, pure and simple politics. He doesn't have to do this now, the reason he is is doing so, is to try and cause more unrest in the Labour party. If Labour MPs consent to this, then they will have helped unleash what will visit us.

There is another way and I prefer that way, the way of Jeremy Corbyn.