Archive for December, 2010

15
Dec
10

Julian Assange needs our support

The current slur campaign that is being led against Julian Assange is something that deeply concerns me as it is being done in an attempt to sway the peoples mind against him and his organisation when in truth we should be supporting it. For a great explanation on this current political situation I urge you to watch John Pilger’s documentary ‘The War You Don’t See’, here you are provided with a fantastic insight to what investigative journalism should be and thus why we should be supporting Julian Assange.

What we believe to be our ‘democracies’ in the Western World are in fact Orwellian secret surveillance States. We are constantly monitored and watched. Through CCTV, phone bugging and e-mail surveillance our every moves are noted down and saved. It is within this Orwellian system of a government that the truth is covered up and instead replaced by lies to which are fed to the people; from our Ministers and through the media we are told what is the supposed ‘truth’ so as we do not question or resist anything our Governments say and do.

It is needed for investigative journalists to explore and investigate the activities of our Governments so that we do know the truth, so that we are aware of the reasons why things happen and why wars are started. However, over recent years it has become the norm for our media to become ‘embedded’ with the Government meaning that what is published to us is directly influenced by the powers that be. This is eradicating neutrality in our media and as such it is becoming incredibly more bias to side of our Governments. We require the truth of all issues in the news and therefore should be presented with both sides of the stories, not just one side.

In our recent history one clear issue has demonstrated this flaw in our media, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were initially told that Iraq and Sadam Hussien had weapens of mass struction and the capabilities of targeting Western countires, we now know this was all lies and was used as a means to start a war with an innocent country. The media did not question this evidence and as a result the people bought into it. If WikiLeaks had been around back then perhaps thousands of innocent Iraqi lives could have been saved. This is why we need WikiLeaks: to expose the lies and true intentions of Goverments, in this case in relation to their Foreign Policy. So, in relation to the Iraq war we are aware that the war was started to allow American forces to occupy and control Iraq’s resources and oil. However this was covered up and support for the war was built on the post 9/11 fear or ‘terrorism’ and the scape-goating tactics of vindicating Sadam despite him having no WMD’s and having no connection to 9/11.

It is for this reason that Julian Assange has been victimised and attacked in a huge slur campaign by the private media and Western Governments. He is revealing truths that they do want the people to know. Julian Assange is advocating the freedom of information and the transparency of Governments, he and WikiLeaks are trying to dissolve these ‘Big Brother’ States in order to allow for the proper application of human rights and justice in our societies. It also vital for the people to see that the current allegations against Julian are based on political intentions; the initial allegations of rape in Sweden were dropped for lack of evidence back in October and have only now been brought back up just as WikiLeaks began releasing these cables. The fact that Julian is being kept in solitary campaign for 23 and a half hours a day with no access to newspapers, books, his legal team or family just indicates the political motivation to restrict and stop Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Julian’s was described as being imprisoned in ‘Orwellian conditions’ by his lawyers Mark Stephens. It is now for us, the people, to stand up and support him because what he and his organisation are doing is for the benefit of our Governments. Transparency and the freedom of information should always be principles of our democracies and so I urge everyone to stand and support WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

JW

10
Dec
10

Labour Lovely of the Week!

Yes I know it isn’t coming every week and I know its not very highbrow but it is really good fun, so this week’s Labour Lovely of the week is the incredibly impressive…

John Denham

 

Always a strong and fierce and passionate speaker at the ballot box. Mr Denham was a force of nature in the Tuition fees debates on thursday, battering and bruising the woeful position of the government, he should why Ed Miliband chose Mr Denham for one of the biggest battle grounds in the debate with the Condem government.

Despite his support for AV voting reform (something I at least am against) Mr Denham is one of a crux of fantastic Labour Shadow cabinet ministers who are beginning to take chunks out of the ill-conceived policies of the coalition

 

HB

10
Dec
10

Tolerable Tory of the Week (I know, right?)

David Davis– the most vocal and seemingly prominent Tory MP to voice opposition to the rise in tuition fees. A lot more respectable than many Liberal Democrats, clearly.

Don’t expect this to become a regular feature; at least not from me. It’s kind of counterintuitive in relation to my upbringing to praise a Tory, especially one of ‘the old guard’.

So well done Davis. As someone who actually listened to the wishes of your constituents, you’re off my hate list for a while.

…As a side note, in my failed hunt to retrieve a particularly humorous, demeaning picture of Clegg, I found this. Can you believe that someone, somewhere, still sells these? Just be careful of your gag reflex going into overdrive when you read the ‘description’.

MH

07
Dec
10

Release Julian Assange!

Julian Assange - Founder of WikiLeaksThe peoples of any country have the right to know truth. Any democratic society should respect and promote the freedom of information. The arrest and current imprisonment of Julian Assange directly goes against these two simple truths. We owe him and WikiLeaks our thanks and it is up to us to stand up and support Julian now.

The Swedish Judges have made a statement in which they say that the arrest has not been done on political means. It is highly convenient that these charges have been brought up now and it is fair to believe that this arrest has been done on political intentions. This is clearly an attempt to restrict the ability and the freedom of the press in publishing material that we the people have a right to know about. If newspapers can release material on MP’s expenses and bugged phone calls then surely WikiLeaks have the right to publish the materials they have. The freedom of the press should apply to all the press, it should not be restricted against chosen publishers.

Julian Assange’s arrest has been brought about without any proper evidence being presented and without the ability for him to claim bail. This is a breach of justice and goes completely against the legal principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’. How is it right that this man can be detained without any evidence being brought before him? This is completely and utterly wrong. The very fact that Ken Loach, Jemima Khan and John Pilger have all offered to pay his bail just demonstrates how wrong it is that Julian has been detained this way, without proper evidence or the ability to receive bail.

The hypocrisy around this issue is beyond belief. One of the cables recently released by WikiLeaks revealed that a Middle East country was pressing America to bomb Iran and yet nothing has been raised of this. Both the American and British Governments have criticised the release of these materials but have not criticised the wish of a nation to immorally seek the bombing of another nation. The fact that the arrest of Julian Assange has been the priority issue rather than the issues which have risen from the cables demonstrates this hypocrisy.

It is easy to see that this arrest is in an attempt to bring Wikileaks and to prevent them from publishing further materials. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are releasing materials that we have a right to know about and the attempt to prevent this from happening highlights how the rich and powerful do not want us to know these truths. This about protecting the freedom of information so show your support and stand up for the release of Julian Assange!

(ED- it must be remembered however that if Mr Assange is guilty of rape then he should be tried and convicted to the full extent of the law)

JW

03
Dec
10

‘Possibly Abstaining’- Oh, give it a rest.

I hate Vince Cable.

Not only is it enough to bombastically declare yourself ‘the prophet’ of the economic crisis, when in reality you simply ranted for months in advance about how deplorable capitalism is, and never suggested anything to the then-Labour government about how it should be avoided/dealt with, but now you’re insulting the intelligence of all who voted for you by saying you may ‘abstain’ from voting for policy you helped draw up in the first place.

And isn’t that gnomish face just despicable, too.

We all know this maneuvering is just a desperate attempt by a party that has destroyed itself to regain credibility. The damage has been done- Vince and his boys have helped create the appalling, uncompromising legislation on fees- not only that, but Clegg, and Danny Alexander (as of Question Time, 2nd Nov) in addition to Cable have already made their personal view clear; that they think the rise in tuition fees would be beneficial and an improvement over the status quo. Now, perhaps I’m wrong, but do party whips normally encourage their MPs to vote in a way that is contrary to the opinion of the party hierarchy? No. Whips exist to enforce the will of those at the top of the party ladder. Vince saying he may abstain due to ‘party consensus’ is a nonsense- the leading Lib Dems are affirmed, the party line has already been established. Cable is spouting rubbish to try and create the illusion that his party are still distinct in government, and, perhaps unintentionally, filling all of us who want the best for this country’s young people and education system with false hope. And he knows it.

Aside from leading Lib Dems abstaining from this vote on Thursday being a fantasy (which wouldn’t be enough to console all of those who voted for the party, on the basis they would actively oppose any such decisions on higher education anyway), abstaining itself is immoral. Not, of course, that that actually means anything to Liberal Democrats nowadays, but it is a point worth making nonetheless. Not voting, not carrying out your duty as an elected official by exercising your will either way renders the position of MP redundant.

That, however, while worthy of note just to further expose the true nature of what Vince says, is irrelevant. Abstaining is not a substitute for a broken promise, and Cable is even saying that ‘personally’ he doesn’t want to, which ultimately means he won’t anyway.

MH