Every once in a while the real powers behind the throne step into the light, not often the actual people, perhaps, but the way they work, that what is exposed. This happens for two reasons generally: they get overconfident or they get worried. These people, these happy few, enjoy plain sailing, a life of few waves, directing covertly from the shadows as anonymously as possible.
If you imagine Parliament at the centre of a web; the strands of the web reach out to you and me, then, relaying our feedback to Parliament so that the MPs walking the corridors of power can analyse and react appropriately to that information. Then you have the British model for democracy. The idea is perfect in theory: we vote for MPs, who then represent us in Parliament. Simple, right? But something’s gone very wrong. I’m not pushing some conspiracy theory, or a new world order controlling strategically handpicked puppet politicians (although the more I see of politics, the less I’d actually rule out). What I am saying is that the corridors of power extend much further than Westminster, and if we’re prepared to look and question, instead of just blindly accepting, we’d see this. Be warned though, because once even the smallest glimpse has been taken under that highly camouflaged veil, there is no going back.
I was fortunate in that I became politically aware at a relatively young age. In my early teens there was hope; we had people power, we had mass demos and we fought back, we had some wins and some fails, but as Bob Crow said: “if you fight you might lose; if you don’t fight you will always lose.” For those of my generation we had CND, Tony Benn, Michael Foot. Then there was Thatcherism, the Falklands war, the Miners’ strike and the Greenham women , and many others. In short, I cut my political teeth in very interesting times, and for the first time in a long time the future is hopeful, because we find ourselves living a very interesting period and the young are engaging in politics once more. Like me many years ago, the young have started to question things once more.
The strands of the web should and could work well if those strands are representative of the majority, but the strands don’t reach us; instead they reach as far as big business and stop there. Occasionally they throw a strand our way but it’s rare. Instead of a real say in our country we are spoon-fed lie after lie and herded through a stream of mass-media outlets into making decisions that furthers the wealth of others.
At the moment the powers that be are worried. They are worried by Corbyn and his support. Here’s a man who says: ”I don’t want to rule, I want you to tell me how to govern our country.” He openly asked the members to send their ideas for the Labour manifesto, and for me it doesn’t get any better. So feared is Corbyn that the mainstream media label him firstly an IRA sympathiser, and when the mud from that hasn’t stuck sufficiently, they reach for anything they can. Recently he’s been a communist spy and everything in-between. The reality is very different, and you don’t need to be a genius to work that out, all you need to do is stop and think. Corbyn went over to Northern Ireland and opened a dialogue with all sides, leading to a truce, the Good Friday agreement, and a peace that’s lasted twenty years, only to be threatened by May and the DUP jumping into bed together to allow the Tories to cling onto a majority.
As for Corbyn’s being a communist spy, that’s just desperate straw grasping. He’s been an MP since the 80s and this is only coming out now. There’s nothing else that needs to be said other than it’s clearly an attack on the feared head of a movement, but that means they fail to understand what’s happened. Membership has soared under Corbyn; it’s not about the man, it’s about the shift in the party. Corbyn is the figurehead and the catalyst, and I hope he leads Labour to the next election and victory, but if he doesn’t then it makes no odds, the party has changed and is driven by the members and that is exactly as it should be.
The attacks on Corbyn are also a smoke screen used to hide the agenda for those who operate from the shadows. In the USA, the nearest these forces came to being dragged into the light was when people questioned the first Kennedy assassination because the official line didn’t match that of witnesses. It was only a matter of time before the cover question of ‘who killed Kennedy?’ was replaced with the burning question of ‘why was Kennedy killed?’ This opened a can of worms. In the USA, it seems they tend to assassinate leaders that threaten real change, whereas here in Britain the tried and tested method is character destruction through the mainstream media. For those of us that are old enough , we saw what they did to Kinnock and Foot. Kinnock was never as bigger threat as Foot and has since shown his true colours, but Foot was torn to shreds for his choice of coat on armistice day. Sound familiar? Social media has been a game changer for Corbyn, hence the Tory attempt to shackle it in the name of security. Don’t settle for what they say. What good is freedom of speech if the only information you have is that which they provide? Always question the official line.
Ben Bradley forced to appologise to Jeremy Corbyn for his completely false allegations. Ben Is the Conservative Vice Chairman for Youth. What does this say about Conservatives in general?
In Britain, we led the way with the railways as a transport system, a blueprint that was copied repeatedly across the globe. Then eventually in happened – privatisation. The correct question to ask isn’t ‘does privatisation work?’ The right question is: ‘why hasn’t the rest of the world followed suit as they did previously?’ Then the answer becomes obvious - no, of course privatisation hasn’t worked. If it had the model would have been repeated everywhere.
The miners strike, we were told, was about costs and moving away from coal. The question is, why destroy an entire industry which employs thousands and why wreck all those communities associated with mining? To replace a major income tax generator like that with unemployment for thousands just doesn’t add up until you ask the right question - who benefits from this? We are still importing coal today so why shut our mines? It was always about destroying the unions. The NUM brought down the Tory Heath government and it was instantly recognised that strong unions are a real threat to right-wing politicians and bosses. The miners’ strike resulted in mass anti-union laws, agency staff and zero-hour contracts, as well as ushering in wall to wall neo-liberalism. All of which would not have happened had the TUC backed the miners’ call for a national strike, which would have brought down Thatcher instead of empowering her.
With regard to Brexit, lies were told on both sides, perhaps, but the Leave brigade’s whoppers were straight of the propaganda playbook. I heard huge lies told by the Leave campaign regarding migrants, NHS funding, an EU army and Turkey entering the EU. From Leavers I saw economic predictions, some of which were more worrying than others. Project Fear I believe is rapidly becoming Project Reality. The lies told by the Leave campaign are now pretty much universally accepted as lies, so it begs the questions why lie, who benefits, and why haven’t those that perpetuated those lies been removed from public office? A hard Brexit is supported by the hard right, the old ruling class, and we are watching as the Tories sign away workers’ rights, women’s rights and all sorts of safeguards that protect the general workforce. There is already talk of workhouses, we see foodbanks and the rise in homelessness, all shades of a time long passed. A hard brexit allows them to head back to the glory days of Victorian Britain, where the ruling class did very nicely, and the poor lived a subsistence life. No deal is better than a bad deal? The Tories are already laying the foundations for their new Victorianism.
Meanwhile, the ruling class are a club and they protect that club, each other and their money, which is circulated between them, but on no account can that money be allowed to filter downwards to the masses. “There is no money” is the Tory slogan, that is until they need to maintain their majority, and suddenly funds appear, or they need to protect their own.
In case there are still any that doubt what’s happening? Look at Richard Branson: he’s in the rich man’s club. When I first heard of Branson I thought he was a self-made man, but he wasn’t. He came from money but presented the self-made man image because it helped keep us voting Tory by feeding the dream that we could be the next Branson, in a sort of decaying British Dream. But we can’t becuase it’s a club and we can’t get past the doorman. Occasionally there’s a crack in the curtains and we get to look into club house window, and that’s what has happened with Branson. He’s accidentally left the curtains slightly open. The sunlight has briefly shone in.
Branson’s Virgin Care has successfully grabbed millions in NHS contracts, the latest Tory sell-off that, if you believe Hunt, isn’t actuall happening. Branson wanted more but his bid failed so he successfully sued the NHS (taxpayer) for an undisclosed sum after being refused an £82 million contract. Meanwhile, the East Coast mainline rail franchise has run into trouble and a government (taxpayer) bailout is being pushed through. Did I mention the East Coast mainline franchise is in the hands of Virgin trains? There’s a coincidence. Lets consider this: Virgin get massively lucrative franchises, and if they don’t get the ones they want they sue the taxpayer. If they can’t make money from a franchise, they get the taxpayer to bail them out. The real money flows one way and that’s into the offshore tax havens of the rich, Virgin being named as one of the many companies taking advantage of offshore accounts. Our tax is actually subsidising those with the most, and in return they avoid paying tax. Socialism for the wealthy; capitalism for the rest of us.
And the the list is endless, Carillion, virtually up until the day they went into liquidation, were still being awarded fat contracts as the club tried to support it and prevent its demise. Not to protect the workers, of course, but to prevent the corruption being uncovered. Bear in mind, these are tax pounds being used, not private wealth, tax pounds, money that belongs to you and me.
The will of the people has become the battle cry for brexiteers. I can see that, I have a huge respect for the will of the people, if indeed that’s what it is, which I’m far from convinced Brexit is. Why though, doesn’t the will of the people apply to the NHS sell-off when the overwhelming majority are prepared to pay more income tax to fund the NHS. There is no will of the people, there is only the rich man’s club, and that means the members can’t lose no matter what happens - and It’s our tax that maintains them.
So, why do they now fear Labour? Corbyn wants to pull down the club curtains and kick down open doors, and that’s why they fear him, and by extension, people power. They know this and they know we are watching their lies unravel. Watch this space. As I stated earlier, these are very interesting times, and they are times filled with hope for a fairer Britain for all.
Pat Brady for Political Provocateur
Edited by Max Webster: Political Provocateur Editor