Saturday, 17 April 2021

THE SERIAL LIAR EXPOSED - BORIS JOHNSON, THE BRITISH PM TAKES ANOTHER NAILING

 Peter Stefanovic is an Australian lawyer, journalist, and film-maker who has created this journalistic masterpiece that has now had 10.7 million views - and yet received no mention on mainstream media. BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News, and Sky News have not said a single word about it. Peter's message is: 'Please help me send it to 12 million this weekend and shame them into reporting it.'





In May 2020, I published a series of blogposts that tried to get inside BJ's mind - to understand the flaws of 

Friday, 16 April 2021

IMPUNITY REIGNS - DEMOCRACY DECAYS - THE STORY OF THE BORIS JOHNSON PREMIERSHIP SO FAR

When impunity reigns, the fabric of British democracy decays. The man who holds the office of prime minister in this country, Boris Johnson, is a serial liar with no moral compass. He is a narcissist who has serious shortcomings in empathy. He bears significant responsibility for the deaths from COVID-19 of around 150,000 British citizens.


Watch and listen as he is nailed by Hardeep Matharu for Byline Times. The Jennifer Arcuri affair matters a great deal. Johnson got away with political wrongdoing then. He is becoming more and more brazen. What next? That is the question posed by Hardeep Matharu - and it is one we all need to be asking. Know your enemy. Be prepared. Resist.  



 

 


Lest you forget, this is the story of Johnson lauding vaccine 'greed', taken from the Morning Star on Thursday, 25 March 2021. Addressing the Tory MPs on the 1922 Committee, the prime minister joked that 'greed and capitalism' had contributed to the success of the vaccination programme in the UK. The

Thursday, 8 April 2021

OUR TWO MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES ARE DETACHED FROM THE MORAL PROBLEMS THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS

 This blogpost has two parts - linked by moral and spiritual prespectives. First, the more obviously political part: 


The journalist Peter Oborne observed in a recent interview with Stop the War Coalition's Sweta Choudhury that "the main political parties seem to be detached from the moral problems of our age". The Morning Star daily newspaper composed an editorial around this judgement (Tuesday 6 April 2021). Rather brilliantly, Ben Chacko and his team dissect the pretensions of the Labour leader, Keir Starmer:

"(Starmer) has defined himself against the most important movement for far-reaching change to have emerged in Britain in decades. While Starmer was (attempting another revamp), his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn was on the streets, standing with demonstrators opposed to the government's plans to criminalise peaceful protest.


Jeremy Corbyn on the streets at a Kill the Bill protest against the government plans to criminalise peaceful protest


"(Starmer) is heavy on platitudes and short on specifics.... Across the Atlantic, at least Joe Biden combines his warm words for unions with condemnation of Amazon and other major employers. In fact Labour has proposed nothing approaching the significant investment in infrastructure and job creation that the US president has announced. 

"(Starmer) has spent his first year in office defining himself not against the Tories but

Friday, 2 April 2021

THE LABOUR PARTY UNDER KEIR STARMER SEEMS TO BE MORALLY BANKRUPT - A PALER VERSION OF JOHNSON'S MISGOVERNMENT

This blogpost is my opportunity to widen the circulation of a resignation letter from a Labour Party candidate, James Osben, who has stood in two parliamentary elections. His powerful indictment of the history of the Labour Party since the election of Keir Starmer as leader in April 2020 appeared in a SKWAWKBOX post on Tuesday 30 April 2021. Do you disagree with James Osben's heartfelt analysis? He seems to me to nail it exactly. Please do use the comment box at the end or email me directly to express your views - this is a debate that goes to the very heart of what is means to be part of the Labour movement as a socialist, in this critical period for the future of life as we have come to know it on this planet.


James Osben is at the front on the right 







Those of us in the Labour movement which by definition represents those whose interests are damaged by unregulated capitalism are facing an existential crisis. My own journey is towards supporting the

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY DO I WANT - AND IS IT THE SAME AS THE SOCIETY WE NEED?

 I reference my friend, David Siggers in Brent, London, in chapter 5 of 'Dying to Know - Running through a Pandemic' (2021, pending) - as you will have seen if you opened this month's Mailchimp newsletter. David gifted me a newspaper cutting last year that informed me about Brent's terrible position as one of the areas worst-hit by COVID-19 infections and deaths. I then incorporated some of that awful detail into my pandemic story. David is featured in this blogpost of mine from 2017 - see this link here.

More recently, David sent me another gift - this time, a book: 'Alone in Berlin' (1947/2009), written by the German author, Hans Fallada (1893-1947). David wrote: 'the protagonists reminded me of you and other bloggers drip-drip of information against this government'. Thank you, David. Sam Munson in The National wrote that Fallada's work is 'the great novel of German resistance ... (and) deserves a place among the 20th century's best novels of political witness'. Philip Hensher in the Independent describes the book as '(Fallada's) heartbreaking tale of futile resistance in Nazi Berlin'. I am fifty pages in; there are around 600 pages in all. I am hooked. It is gut-wrenching.


When a democracy slipped into dictatorship - and fear governed every encounter


I began my formal resistance to the new government in the UK the day after they were returned to power back in December 2019 - see this link here - but you will have seen if you opened the link that my warnings pre-date that General Election at the end of 2019. From my political and social and spiritual perspective, as a christian socialist, I find what has happened over this last decade - and particularly in this last last year and a half - deeply troubling. 

Who else thinks so? I was inspired to wrote this blogpost today by an article in one of my two daily newspapers: the 'i' (the other one is the 'Morning Star'), written by the columnist, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, under the title: 'Racism and sexism stalk this land that I no longer recognise'. Here are some

Saturday, 20 March 2021

DAVID JAMES PATTERSON (1935-2021) - MY REMARKABLE TEACHER

On Wednesday this week between 1 pm and 1.40 pm, thanks to the wonders of a webcam installed at a Brighton crematorium, I made my virtual attendance at the funeral of a man - David Patterson - who transformed my life. 


David Patterson was a significant person in my life before I became a systematic photographer - this was the one picture I found in my archives that included David. He is the one wearing the hat. I like its symbolism. He is the self-effacing responsible adult almost indistinguishable from the children whose lives he was shaping for the better. I think this must have been taken on the Devon walking holiday in the summer of 1964. 


David - Mr. Patterson - became a member of staff at Dartford Grammar School (DGS), as a newly appointed history master, in September 1963. History was my favourite subject and I was looking forward to being taught by W. W. Wilkinson, the Head of History, for the next two years leading up to my GCE examinations. Wobbly Wobbly Wilkinson was a legend, as they say these days, and I loved his lessons in which he would dictate his notes on 20th century British history and we would sit in silence for forty-five minutes and copy them to the letter. My A-grade pass was guaranteed and was duly delivered in the summer of 1965. Meanwhile, Mr. Patterson was making his mark in the school. 

My instincts as an historian and archivist - shaped of course by David Patterson as you will discover - have enabled me this morning to trawl through copies of the DGS school magazines for the period from 1964-68 in order to find the evidence of how David made that impact.  

In the 1964 edition of 'The Dartfordian' I discovered a piece I had forgotten all about - an account written by R. E. K. Donovan, 4A,with the title: 'Walking Tour of the Cotswolds'. This would have been

Thursday, 18 March 2021

THE ROAD FROM DEMOCRACY TO OLIGARCHY - PART TWO - WHERE ARE THE GOOD PEOPLE IN POLITICS WHEN YOU NEED THEM?

My first blogpost in this series ended on a note of optimism, tempered by an advance warning of a wake-up call for me lurking around the corner. In this second blogpost, I am sharing the update on my persona as a Labour Party activist that I posted on my website in 2019 (see this link here) - and then bringing my personal story right up-to-date with a fresh update that takes you, the reader, into the present time as I consider my options. All this will be set in the context of the latest moves by those misgoverning us to take the country further along the road from democracy to oligarchy. 

Let's begin within that wider context of national politics.

Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, posted this message below on Facebook early yesterday evening, Tuesday 16 March 2021: 

'I spoke out against the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill in the House of Commons debate today. We have never seen anything like this Government before. Our democracy is being swept away in a calculated programme to leave the public muted and powerless. If this Bill goes through, anyone who values their democratic rights must get organised and fightback.' 



Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South


Two days before, the Observer newspaper had a leader article under the heading 'Civil liberty' in which the Metropolitan police force and its leadership are castigated for their failure to recognise their own institutional racism and sexism. This is a police force that decided to clamp down a day earlier on a peaceful vigil to commemorate the lives of women killed by men - a vigil called in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard. The man now charged with her kidnapping and murder is a serving officer in the Met. This is a police force that refused to engage with the women planning the vigil and cited government Covid regulations in the lockdown as the reason. As the Observer states: 'This is misogyny.'  

So it is - and it is important to understand the link between any government and their police forces. In

Sunday, 14 March 2021

THE ROAD FROM DEMOCRACY TO OLIGARCHY IN THE UK - HOW WE ARE BEING BLINDSIDED BY THE FEW - PART ONE

I am interested in what is happening right now in the world of politics. Very interested - and I would like to share my thinking in this series of blogposts I have called: 'The Road from Democracy to Oligarchy'. 

The Greek for 'few' is oligoi'. Government by the few, in their own interests, is therefore called 'oligarchy'. We are more familiar with the term 'democracy' - government in the interests of all, with the consent of all as expressed through the right of all to vote in elections to decide who should govern our state.  

Democracy was never a gift from the few to the many. It was hard-won. My argument in this blogpost is that we are living through a period when democracy may survive by name but the nature of our state is changing as each year passes in such a way that the interests of the few become ever more entrenched. We are witnessing, if we have eyes open wide enough to see, the return of our realm to the state of being an oligarchy. I think that this shift will see Britain become more and more identifiable as a 'failing state', perhaps even a 'failed state'. 

I am an historian by training and qualification; we all need a sense of history. Yet history was only 'more or less bunk' to a capitalist such as Henry Ford whose primary concern was the present pursuit of profit. 


And yet surveys indicate that a third of Americans believe in the literal truth of the book of Genesis in the Christian bible - how do you square believing in Creationism with the rejection of history and the pursuit of profit in the present and future?   


A 'misplaced' grasp of the past is seen as a serious problem for both single-minded ruthless individuals intent on climbing the greasy pole in the here and now and multi-national corporations whose concerns are principally with profits and dividends. If you have knowledge and understanding of the past, in so far as that leads to a sense of how injustices have arisen and been overcome, you have the imagination to see how the world can be made better through stopping the bad actions of such self-centred people and institutions. You then become, in the eyes of the few, a potential 'troublemaker' with a 'misplaced' view of the past - a 'Marxist', even.  

I will be presenting the case that our present coronavirus pandemic is being used by the few who are misgoverning us as a cover for actions that will further advance their move towards oligarchy. 


Thanks to the Guardian cartoonist for this cutting edge piece, pointing the way to oligarchy. 


I will also be saying that their moves must be challenged and resisted. 

Our planet is teetering on the edge of a climate catastrophe. Over the next five years, the leaders of the

Friday, 5 March 2021

THE LATEST YOUGOV POLL HAS THE TORIES 13 PERCENT AHEAD OF LABOUR - WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT!?!

A YouGov survey yesterday gave the Tories a 13 point lead. Amazing the power in a dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccination fluid. These drugs seem to have been manufactured with an extra ingredient that leaves those vaccinated with significant memory loss. 

How can so many have forgotten that this misgovernment from which we suffer was responsible in the first place for our pandemic?

Their leader and his lackeys decided to put the power of the market and the pursuit of profit before the lives of people. Johnson and Co chose to do what Jacinda Ardern, the PM in New Zealand. called 'the unthinkable'. They pursued a policy of herd immunity and some leading scientists colluded with them. As a result, we soon suffered one of the three worst per capita death rates from COVID-19 in the world - and that terrible indictment of this apology of a government continues. We have had approaching 150,000 fatalities from the virus; in New Zealand, the figure is less than 30. 

New Zealand international rugby back in action - full house - no masks - summer 2020




Jacinda Ardern effectively naming the 'unthinkable' - the policies of Mr B. Johnson of UK infamy


How can so many have forgotten that we are experiencing the deepest recession of any G7 nation?  (I should express my gratitude at this point to Mirror Politics who this morning inspired this post and helped frame its structure.)

How can so many have forgotten that the arrival of new mutations in the COVID-19 virus has

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

THIS TORY ROADMAP WILL NOT RESCUE US - IT WILL BE ANOTHER FAILURE AND LEAD TO EVEN MORE SUFFERING AND DEATH

 Channel 4 News gives a voice to a number of medical and scientific professionals whose expertise I recognize and respect. Their understanding of what is happening in this coronavirus pandemic makes sense to me. These guys do not collude with a government that has been responsible for these killing fields that are now part of the UK landscape. Much of the rest of the world have the measure of the man who has ended up as the prime minister of this country. They know his past history. They know he is a serial liar with little in his career to mark him out as talented. On the contrary, in a fashion similar to Donald Trump, he has the marks of the narcissist and the bragger. They know he has been world-beating since becoming PM in one sense only: our COVID-19 death-figures, relative to our population size, are almost the highest in the world. And it has all been down to the decisions he took and did not take when the virus first threatened - and the decisions he continues to take, and not take. 

You would never know that this was so from the overall presentation in our national media. But an occasional glimpse of the truth is still possible from time to time. 


Professor Stephen Reicher 


Professor Stephen Reicher is based in the psychology department at the University of Edinburgh. He sits on the advisory bodies to the UK and Scottish Governments on COVID-19 and is also a member of Independent Sage. I first heard his impressive voice on Channel 4 News; this blogpost is based on his analysis that appears in today's 'i' newspaper (Tuesday, 23 February 2021). I think Stephen Reicher is

Thursday, 11 February 2021

IS THERE A CLASS DIVIDE? JUDGE FOR YOURSELF

 Thanks as ever to SKWAWKBOX for this material:

Video: Rees-Mogg dismisses poverty as ‘balderdash’ – so the BBC decides to cover… Weetabix and beans



Rees-Mogg’s contempt for the grinding poverty of millions, or his distaste for Weetabix with beans? Guess which the BBC chose to cover





The SKWAWKBOX has covered Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg’s disgraceful dismissal of working-class hardship and poverty as ‘balderdash‘ today, when he was challenged by Labour MP Jon Trickett to debate the grinding poverty and shortening life expectancy of poor people in the north.




But the BBC’s response was no less disgraceful. As Boris Johnson’s front-bencher arrogantly poured scorn on the plight of poor people – including more than four million children, the

THE CLASS DIVIDE NEVER WENT AWAY - IT'S JUST THAT MANY HAVE BEEN BLIND-SIDED.

 Thanks again to SKWAWKBOX - and John Trickett, M.P. - and, perversely, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a politician it would be hard to invent but who does give the game away. There really is a class divide. Still.   

Video: Poverty, social exclusion and falling life expectancy in north are ‘balderdash’, says Tory old Etonian Jacob Rees-Mogg




Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons



‘Lord Snooty’ thinks reality of northern working-class life in north is made up

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg – personal fortune in excess of £100 million, according to the Spectator – thinks poverty, social exclusion and falling life expectancy in the north are ‘made-up’ and ‘absolute nonsense’.

Challenged by northern working-class MP Jon Trickett to a debate on the plight of millions in the north (and of millions in other parts of the country), the man often compared to the
Beano’s ‘Lord Snooty’ responded that Trickett’s claims about the harsh reality of life for many people is ‘balderdash’:





This country has more than four million children in poverty, with many thousands even of poor working households dependent on the mushrooming number of food banks for even basic subsistence. Life

Sunday, 7 February 2021

VIDEO TIME AT DONOVAN ENTERPRISES

And now for something a little different. Here in St Ives, I have my local running circuit - 1.75 miles up to the top of the hill at Little Treganna and then back down again. This is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. My route has provided me with the framework for the twelve chapters of my latest book: 'Dying to Know - Running through a Pandemic' as I explain on my website page (press here) and in this blogpost (press here).   


'Dying to Know' has an illustrated text - this image is taken a few yards from the top of the hill and appears on p.3.



I thought you might be interested in viewing the local landscapes from the top of Little Trevalgan, a little higher than the summit of the B3306 where I turn round to run back down the hill. One lunchtime in late September last year, after a morning run, I returned by car and took a medley of photographic images. Some of these were made into this video:



 

Facebook does provide one service for free that I really value: the making of videos from your own images. Here is another one that has appeared. It gives a glimpse into my life and the life of Louise, my

Sunday, 31 January 2021

JOHNSON AND STARMER ARE BOTH BAD FOR THIS COUNTRY

 Last day of January - let SKWAWKBOX do the talking. This says it all.

Starmer falls even further behind the man responsible for over 100,000 needless deaths




 

Lethality and dishonesty abound – yet Starmer’s failure to oppose is giving Johnson and the media an easy ride.



We will be much better off without them.



Boris Johnson has presided over the deaths of more than 100,000 UK citizens and counting – deaths that the example of New Zealand, with only 25 deaths in the whole pandemic and none since September, proves were entirely avoidable, especially in an island nation – and has combined that with the developed world’s worst economic collapse of the pandemic.

Over that he has ladled dishonesty, fake news and an array of excuses that would embarrass an addled schoolboy who hadn’t done his homework.

Yet Keir Starmer and the party under him have fallen further behind Johnson and the Tories in the public’s estimation – in spite of the friendly and even fawning assistance of much of

Friday, 29 January 2021

I SAW 20 SOCIALIST MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT GATHERED AROUND A TABLE - THE STUFF OF ARTHURIAN LEGEND

 What an inspiring picture from the SKWAWKBOX today. A reminder that all is not lost. Where there is life there is hope. The Socialist Campaign Group of MPs actually still survives in Starmerland and here is the evidence:


The Socialist Campaign Group - spot who's missing.

  

This is the SKWAWKBOX story:

 

LEFT MPs DEMAND NEW COVID STRATEGY TO SAVE LIVES


'The UK has now officially passed the horrific milestone of 100,000 COVID deaths – one of the highest death rates of any country in the world, though in reality that number was passed a considerable time ago.

This huge loss of life is not solely the result of Government incompetence, which is as far as the so-called 'mainstream' media will go, if they address it at all. It is the direct result of the Tory Government refusing to try to eliminate the virus - as New Zealand and other nations have so successfully done - instead, trying to “live with the virus” and “balance” the loss of lives and the economy and failing disastrously on both. Unless the Government urgently corrects its approach then many tens of thousands more COVID deaths are inevitable.

This crisis has deepened pre-existing inequalities in our society with those in lower-paid work and unable to work from home, Black and Asian communities and those in poorer housing amongst the hardest hit.

The UK coronavirus death toll was absolutely avoidable. Had the government followed the 'Zero COVID' strategy adopted by numerous countries in East Asia and the Pacific then many thousands of lives would

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

MAD AND BAD LEADERS WITH THE POWER TO SHAPE THE SCIENCE - HOW WE BECAME THE VICTIMS OF HERD IMMUNITY

 My recent appeals to readers to join the 29 kind souls who have pressed the Follow button on this blogspot have not been successful - but I hope you don't mind if I continue to make my appeal. This is not a vanity project. It is about getting the stats that may help persuade a literary agent or publisher to take on my submission of 'Dying to Know'. 

Meanwhile, this blogpost was stimulated by today's SKWAWKBOX mailing about the refusal of the Guardian newspaper to publish a letter from the author and poet, Michael Rosen, who nearly died from COVID-19 last year. Michael was an undergraduate at Oxford at the same time as me. I am sure we shared the demonstration space on more than one occasion but I never knew him to speak to. Everything I've read about him since confirms the impression made by his own writings: he is a talented, lovely man.



Michael Rosen


Here is his letter, courtesy of SKWAKBOX: 

Author Michael Rosen, who came close to death last year when he suffered COVID-19 complications, wrote to the Guardian about the Tories' original (and frankly murderous) plan to create 'herd immunity' to the coronavirus without a vaccine, which would have caused up to a million UK deaths and perhaps more.

The paper did not publish his letter. It is reproduced below with permission:

Dear sir/madam

Jonathan Freedland’s comment ‘Lies about Covid, insisting that it was a hoax cooked up by the deep state, led millions of people to drop their guard and get infected' (‘Trump may be gone but his big lie will linger’ Guardian, Jan 15) misses the point. If we look closely at what was being said in official circles in March 2020, we can see quite clearly there was a plan to create ‘herd immunity’ without vaccination.

Robert Peston had his usual inside story on March 12 in ‘The Spectator’ with a headline “Herd immunity’ will

Sunday, 24 January 2021

PICK AND TWIST YOUR SCIENCE - HOW THEY AVOID TAKING THE BLAME FOR OVER 100,000 DEATHS

 I have spent my lockdown charting this tragedy in Dying to Know and am now back on the familiar path of finding a literary agent/ publisher. My book is well worth reading. I am the historian by academic training and I have become a fledgling scientist and economist for the purposes of my pandemic tale. This will be my third publication.  


I hope you find this BLOGPOST worthwhile. It would help my path to publication for my book 'Dying to Know' if you would press the Follow button at the top of the blog post (on a full screen) - 29 followers to date. Thank you. 






Dying to Know - Running through a Pandemic is looking for a literary agent. My penultimate chapter includes this section:


'On Saturday 19 December, Johnson decided he had no option but to cancel Christmas for 24 million people in London and the south-east. It was another remarkable U-turn. For weeks, he and his ministers had been chorusing the message that three households could travel across the UK to mix in a Christmas bubble. Then came the realisation that hospitals within the NHS were on the point of breakdown such

Thursday, 7 January 2021

THIS PRIME MINISTER LED US INTO THE WORLD OF HERD IMMUNITY - WE ARE NEARING 100,000 DEATHS

 The responsibility for our carnage lies primarily with the prime minister and his special advisor - Johnson and Cummings - who made the wrong decisions back in February last year. Their actions and inactions then are part of the sequence of neoliberal Tory misgovernment that followed. 


I have spent my lockdown charting this tragedy in Dying to Know and am now back on the familiar path of finding a literary agent/ publisher. My book is well worth reading. I am the historian by academic training and I have become a fledgling scientist and economist for the purposes of my pandemic tale. This will be my third publication.  


I hope you find this BLOGPOST worthwhile. It would help my path to publication for my book 'Dying to Know' if you would press the Follow button at the top of the blog post (on a full screen) - 29 followers to date. Thank you. 

 


Here is the latest twist in this sordid story, courtesy of SKWAWKBOX today:


'Former Tory MP Matthew Parris appears on Sky to exonerate catastrophic PM - while MP Lucy Allan quietly deletes 'like' of tweet calling for abolition of NHS


'Operation Absolve Boris' has begun. The Conservative party, which can never quite disguise its contempt for the Labour-founded NHS, has sloughed off even more of the facade to start its campaign to water the idea in the public consciousness that the blame for Boris Johnson's appalling and frankly murderous handling of the pandemic crisis rests with the NHS, not the Bullingdon boy.


Johnson's 'battle' with the pandemic - with grateful acknowledgements to Martin Rowson, cartoonist at the Guardian


Former Tory MP Matthew Parris was on Sky News this morning (thanks, reader and Labour activist Val Colvin for the pointer) - and Parris not only suggested that the latest scandal of slow vaccine roll-out was the NHS's fault, he 'jumped the shark' and suggested that he couldn't think of anything that Johnson could have done differently to reduce the scale of the UK's pandemic disaster, which has left this country with one of the world's worst death rates and worst economic collapses:

https://skwawkbox.org/parris-nhs-blame1-mp4/

Parris is not alone, with various Tory voices being given media time - or making comments on social media - to attack the NHS and shift the blame onto our underfunded and austerity-withered Health Service. Tory MP

Sunday, 3 January 2021

NO IFS OR BUTS - SCHOOLS SHOULD BE SHUT

More SKWAWKBOX material - this is a nightmare - living in a land where misgovernment has become so blatant it hardly raises an eyebrow within the mainstream media.


And not a mention on Marr of mass school union action

(SKWAWKBOX - Sunday 3 January 2021)


Johnson - image from a virtual Downing Street press conference 



Boris Johnson appeared on the BBC's Marr this morning and was asked by Marr whether parents should send their primary-school children to school tomorrow. Johnson launched into a performance in which he claimed that:

·         'the evidence is not clear' whether keeping schools open is driving the pandemic

·         he has closed schools in the south-east because of the virus is 'surging' there

·         schools are safe, even though his own SAGE scientific committee says the pandemic can't be controlled without closing them

·         there is 'absolutely no doubt' that schools are safe

·         there is no doubt 'in my mind' that schools are safe

Johnson looked like he was parodying comedian Matt Lucas's parody of him:

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/hxH1b3ND/johnson-marr-lucas_hd.mp4

Shamefully, in a discussion of the topic of whether schools are safe and parents should send their children in, Marr completely failed to mention that the National Education Union (NEU) and Unison have told their members in primary schools not to go to work tomorrow because schools are emphatically unsafe, while the National Association of Head

Friday, 1 January 2021

WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR

SKWAWKBOX provided the material for me to close 2020 - and they are coming up trumps again with this gem of a post:


Huge popularity of former leader's move will stick in craw of his attackers

(SKWAWKBOX - 1 January 2021)

Jeremy Corbyn's new Project for Peace and Justice has met with a huge welcome, with widespread support on the left - and local Labour parties already planning to affiliate. It has also met with bile and vitriol from his enemies, who remain eager to rewrite history and bury the memory of the movement he led and galvanised - and its popularity.


Jeremy Corbyn - the tie and badge are tokens of remembrance for Grenfell



So the news today will come as bitterest gall to his enemies that tens of thousands of people have already signed up for the project's live launch event, with almost three weeks still to go before it happens. The announcement was made on the PJP's Facebook page:


Sunday17 January 2021 - 3 - 4.30 pm - PLEASE JOIN US.




 As well as Corbyn himself, the event will feature Zarah Sultana, one of the stars of Labour's 2019 intake of MPs, Unite head Len McCluskey, leading Jewish ANC member Ronnie Kasrils, former NUT head Christine