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And a piano


I note that the Dean of St Pauls Cathedral has decided enough is enough and called time on the anti Capitalist Occupy protest that invaded his courtyard last weekend. Rather brilliantly, he has used the “health and safety” universal get out clause so beloved by unions and the State to throw the few remaining jugglers and “colour therapists” off his steps.

It is a shame that the modern protest movement seem unable to unite to address what is a uniform grievance. Most people are genuinely pissed off with the State handing money, OUR money to failed banks that under proper capitalism would have gone to the wall whilst their overpaid Chairmen jumped from the top floor of their office blocks. Alas, instead, the usual rent a mob grabbed their Samba drums, crayons, stilts and loudhailers and set up “workspaces” where they could all agree with each other as long as no one actually did anything sensible. Media tents, meditation tents, crystal therapy tents. And a piano.

Meanwhile, in Greece, half a MILLION people decided enough was enough and no way were they going to pay back the money their Politicians had borrowed in their name to buy votes. Greeks are screeching that their wages have halved (well, they would when the other half was borrowed and your credit card is cut up) and no sooner had they arrived at Parliament, than the Statist communists decided to encircle the place and attack anyone who was protesting. Only one dead – this time.

This is how it works. Do not vote for Politicians who borrow money in your name if you are not prepared to pay back that debt. Do not expect money unless you have earned it and it rightfully belongs to you. Do not go and protest unless you actually know why you are protesting and have an alternative plan that can be offered, tested, tested again and proved. Simply sitting on the steps of a Church and demanding that brain surgeons be paid the same as litter collectors and aeroplanes should be banned because they are made by corporations is not the way to win over your fellow citizens.Setting up recycling facilities and art groups are not the greatest priority when the system is about to collapse. The Occupy movement STILL have no coherent demands, no theory, no alternative – well, that doesn’t involve yet more of the same idiocy we have just elected out of office and bankrupted the country anyway.

For the same reason I do not belong to a political party is in all truth the same reason that Occupy has failed. Everybody wanted to be leader and everybody had an agenda that trumped their neighbours. All sought to control the herd and replace the farmer – the irony that they squatted on the steps of a Church because they were “friendly” was not lost on me last weekend.

So where now? Simple. We sit back and study what those with genuine grievances, the Greeks get up to. I suspect a collapse in their government, followed by a default, followed by a military coup, followed by a return to sanity where they herd goats and farm melons instead of borrowing French money to buy BMWs. The natural state, if you like. Sure, it will shock many of the idealists who assume every single economy can be “leveraged to engage with equality” or some such shite but you cannot escape the consequences of avoiding reality.

I have no answer for the UK. I’d like to see a major UK bank go bust – as Northern Rock should have, I’d like to see us renegotiate our relationship with the EU along the same lines as the Swiss have managed and I’d like to see more than the equivalent of a one party State filled to the brim with Party apparatchiks and spin doctors selling our souls to the highest bidders but sitting on the steps outside a church with a set of maracas certainly isn’t going to do it – and why should it?

No, I’ll continue my own little individual protests whilst gently extracting myself from their clutches. No TV licence for me, no census, no voting in their pointless elections and financing their vanity projects, no yielding to their demands or salivating at their promises. Like a single grain of sand circulating through an expansive highly oiled machine, eventually my presence will either produce a pearl or a seizure in a cog. I can wait, unlike most, I have made my plans to live without state intervention or a pension from a Politician – much to their annoyance.

My final message to Occupy? Don’t use the system you detest. Go off grid, stop demanding the corrupt state employ you and pay you benefits, arrange your own finances and exploit the loopholes it leaves open. Realise that Politicians only have power over your lives because you allow them to. Develop your own individual ways to avoid the system and pretty soon, you won’t have to protest because the actions of banks and politicians will no longer be relevant to your life.

And then, like the Church, like the Monarchs, like every dictator or tyrant who insists you do it their way, they’ll hate you because you simply don’t need to. Then you win. Got it?


Parody: Fox News UK at the Occupy LSX


Starring Jolyon Rubinstein
Camera/edit Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein
Animation – William Pine
Script – Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse, Ben Ockrent

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Posted by on 2011-10-22 in Humour


Down with Evil Corporations




Cameron: EU Referendum Lies

When are we going to learn NOT to elect serial liars?

IF YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE, only vote are an independent candidate!


David Cameron: We need a referendum now


“He demanded it right up to the time he moved into No 10. A couple of slaps from the true wielders of power, and he changed his tune.

He is a liar.

Liar! Liar! Liar!

You may want to chant that on Monday 24th October.

You may want to remind his spineless fellow party members just who they report to.

You may want to voice your disgust, your contempt, and your outrage.

You may want to shame him into keeping his promise.

Details on how you can do ALL of that are below.


“The vote in Parliament on a European Union referendum was scheduled to happen next Thursday 27th October. However the government has now switched the date of the vote to this Monday 24th October after ministers were worried about the huge number of people the People’s Pledge would be able to mobilise to lobby Parliament.This is an outrageous attempt to stifle debate and peaceful protest. Not only does the government not want to have a referendum on the EU, but they want to shut down the debate altogether.

We need you to contact your MP again. MPs from all parties are being pressured by their whips to toe the party line and oppose a referendum. They need your support to combat party pressure and must hear from you in the next 48 hours. Please act now.

What you can do.

STEP 1: Ring your MP

Call your MP on 0207 219 3000 – This is the House of Commons switchboard. Please ask to speak to your MP about the EU referendum vote. Tell your MP that you have signed the People’s Pledge and that you want them to vote in favour of an EU referendum.  Inform them that, through the People’s Pledge website, you will watch how they have voted and will take this into account at the next general election.

STEP 2: Email your MP

Even if you have already done so, do it again.
Tell them how annoyed you are that the day of the vote has now changed and that the parties are forcing their MPs to vote against the EU referendum that polls show a majority of people want. Remember you must give your name and address so that your MP can respond. Please forward to us any responses that you get.

Contact your MP here

STEP 3 : Join us in lobbying Parliament on the new date Monday 24th October.

The People’s Pledge are holding an official lobby of Parliament on the 24th of Octoberand we would like you to attend. We have secured permission to hold a group lobby of MPs in person before the vote in Parliament. To do this you must arrive at 2pm at St Stephen’s Entrance where supporters will start to queue to lobby their MPs.

The next 4 days are vital and we need as many of you to get involved as possible. To generate maximum pressure on MPs don’t just complete one of these steps; please do all three, and forward this email as widely as possible.

The People’s Pledge Team”

Re-blogged from here with the greatest of pleasure.

CR. “

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Maurice Kirk: Human Rights for a Prisoner on Remand in HMP Cardiff?


What are human rights for when they get ignored?

Human Rights activist Norman Scarth faxed an admirable document to the Prison Governor.

What are laws for when they are not being complied to?

It’s like patents: you buy yourself the right to defend yourself AFTER you’ve been cheated.

And thus Maurice is suffering refusals of normal requests on top of not being cared for his health problems. Details on his site.

Norman Scarth’s admirable document:

From: Mr. N. Scarth, Associate of the Article 6 Group.

To: Mr. Richard Booty, Governor, HMP Cardiff (Tel: 02920 923 100. Fax: 02920 923 318):

Dear Governor Booty,

We ask that you ensure this document reaches Mr. Maurice Kirk (held captive in your establishment) without delay.


Mr. Kirk,

We understand you are not eating, & have lost 11 kilograms in weight since your incarceration. It is a common misconception that as you are not eating, there will be no food in your alimentary tract. This is not so. With no incoming food, that which is already in the tract remains static, becoming progressively firmer. It can become impacted, with serious consequences.

Like you, I have some veterinary knowledge, & have had to deal with newly born foals who often suffer from this condition (liquid paraffin often worked with them, linseed oil with older animals).


Back to The Governor.

Mr. Booty,

You must be aware that Mr. Kirk is suffering unbelievable persecution from what PURPORT to be the ‘Forces of Law & Order’(acting for the most ulterior motives).

“Nothing to do with me” you may well say, “I just do as Ordered by the Judiciary”. I remind you that the Nuremberg Trials brought a ruling that ‘Obeying Orders’ was no defence for acting against humanity. Prisons are not ‘Holiday Camps’ as we are constantly told by the Press. As you may well know, Martin Narey, one-time head of the Prison Service told of “A litany of failure & moral neglect” in “Hell Hole prisons” Fn1 . On TV on 22 July(?) 2001 General Sir David Ramsbotham (now Lord Ramsbotham) spoke of ‘barbaric prison guards” (he had just been sacked from his position as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons).

I sincerely hope that your establishment is not such a place, & that you will show your own humanity in this matter.

You & the Prison Doctor have authority to release Mr. Kirk on humanitarian grounds (at the time of the Suffragettes, there was what became known as ‘The Cat & Mouse Act’, whereby the starving women were released, but then incarcerated again after they had recovered strength).

As this telephone does not receive incoming faxes, we would be grateful if you would reply by email to

Yours faithfully,

Norman Scarth, Associate of The Article 6 Group, 36 Anvil Court Chambers, BRADFORD BD8 7QW Tel: (01274) 541 213. Email:

PS: David Wilson one-time Prison Governor, now a Professor of Criminology at Birmingham University, expressed the view of many that prisons are a very expensive, but quite ineffective way of dealing with crime. Apart from which, Mr. Kirk is definitely NOT a criminal. His treatment is attracting attention from abroad: Britain should look at herself before expressing outrage at Human Rights abuses in far off lands


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