The Seven Dwarfs

Not unexpected, and delayed for a number of weeks now, seven Labour MPs have resigned and set-up their own independent group. The seven MPs are Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes and Chuka Umunna. These are all Blairites who want to remain in the EU, and who always support wars and continued austerity, and put the interests of Israel above the interests of the United Kingdom. As events unfold over the coming weeks they’ll no doubt be joined by more rebels, from the Conservative party as well. In my opinion these people are totally out of touch with the mood of the nation, and will go down the plughole of history. Bring on another general election, I say, preferably in June, and let us get shot of these cockroaches once and for all. Incidentally, I find great irony in all this, since we’re just about at the 40th anniversary of when someone called Margaret Thatcher was elected as prime minister, in May 1979, when all this madness began.

Here’s Mr Galloway’s instant response to today’s events…

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Brexit Brouhaha

Politics in the western world has gone completely mad. The politicians are like five-year-olds on LSD, thus it makes it incredibly difficult to predict anything; but I’m going to go out on a limb here with my take on Brexit.

The EU referendum in 2016 should have gone to Remain, because there was Project Fear and the voting was rigged and all the rest of it. Despite all this the referendum went for Brexit. It was the first big protest, in this instance from the long suffering plebs in the UK. That same year the election of President Trump in the USA was the second big protest. It could be argued that the present yellow vest movement in France is the third big protest.

The psychopaths who rule us are well aware of all this, and we all know how cunning psychopaths can be: Theresa May was installed as prime minister to wreck Brexit (and if you want proof that May is one of the psychos, remember that as Home Secretary she deliberately sabotaged an inquiry into the rape and murder of children, and also as Home Secretary she was the architect of ‘police state Britain’).

May’s idiotic EU withdrawal bill is planned to fail, which is why she is quite embarrassingly dragging it out right to the wire: there will be a hard Brexit on 29th March. Yippee! shout the Brexiteers, but don’t celebrate too soon, because the 29th March exit seems to be carefully planned. See, the psychopaths are in a quandary here. They want to prevent Brexit but they know that the public mood won’t tolerate reversing Brexit. A ‘people’s vote’, a second referendum, will most likely have even more people voting for Brexit, particularly since the scales have fallen from many Remainers eyes with regard to negotiations with the EU.

So, I’ll be very surprised if there’s not a hard Brexit on 29th March. After that a new centrist party will be formed by Tory and Labour remainers, a party presided over by the Prince of Darkness, Tony Blair. This will split the Labour vote, which is why it looks like there will be a general election in June, which the polls say the Tories will win with a small majority. The presstitutes’ all out attacks on Jeremy Corbyn (last Sunday’s Daily Mail, for instance, was a wonder to behold) points towards this.

While all this is going on, Brexit Britain will come under heavy financial attack. There’ll be a run on the Pound and all the rest of it, with lots of manufactured chaos. UK politicians will just have to call another referendum, this time asking voters if Britain should rejoin the EU. Job done for the psychopaths.

But there’s a fly in the ointment…

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An Anxious Life – another excerpt

Ok, enough about France (although Acte XIII tomorrow might be interesting), so here’s another excerpt from the latest memoir that I’m writing, called An Anxious Life. These excerpts are from Chapter 2, which was written last month when I had a very bad cold. Hence the writing is a bit rough around the edges. Hopefully I’ll be able to bang it into shape when I do the next draft of the book.

During the Easter holidays Paul Gordon and I set-up a window cleaning round. We built a barrow, using old pram wheels of course. The barrow contained buckets, cloths and detergents. The only problem was we didn’t have a ladder, an item that is rather handy for window cleaners. Paul suddenly remembered that his father had an old ladder hung up in his garage. We pushed our barrow up to Paul’s house. The ladder was big, wooden and had three stages. Paul and I really struggled to get it down and on to the barrow; but then we were set!

Window cleaning was a good number. We pushed the barrow around the streets of Barnehurst, with all those rows of semi-detached houses. Miss, do your windows need cleaning? With hubby out at work, most times the front door would be opened by a housewife, sometimes wearing only a nightie; but Paul and I were in business and had no time for young women wearing nighties. We charged £2 to do just the ground floor windows, or £4 to do the ground floor and 1st floor windows. It was a struggle getting that big wooden ladder into place, yet we didn’t mind because this was serious money for 12-year-old boys.

When the Easter holiday came to an end Paul and I continued our window cleaning business after school and at weekends. All went swimmingly for about a month, until we were asked to window clean a higher than normal detached house. Usually we only needed to use two stages of the wooden ladder to reach first floor windows. On this particular one we had to use all three stages of the ladder. It was a real struggle, but we finally managed to finish the job by cleaning the 1st floor windows at the back of the house. We proceeded to pull the ladder away from the wall and to start getting the upper two stages down. The ladder kept moving backwards, though, and started tipping down on to the prim lawn where there was a large greenhouse. Paul and I jumped clear as the big ladder crashed down on to the lawn. It missed the greenhouse by inches, but we were not saved: the ladder had been badly damaged by the fall. We slunk back to Paul’s house, where we hung the ladder back up in the garage, hoping that Paul’s father wouldn’t notice the damage. Thus ended our window cleaning business…
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France and Venezuela

Another quick post:

Tommorrow’s Acte XII looks like being a crucial one. The gilets jaunes are going to be paying tribute to all the demonstrators killed and injured so far in this uprising. Apparently there’ll be a large number of protestors in Paris, but we will have to see what happens.

The gilets jaunes are calling for an unlimited general strike from next Tuesday onwards. The CGT (which is the biggest union in France) is also calling for a general strike on that day. Problem is, most gilets jaunes don’t want to associate themselves with any union or political party. I’ve no idea how this is going to pan out. I think it will all depend on what happens during Acte XII.

In the meantime, the total lunacy with regard to what’s happening in Venezuela. This seems to be yet another case of how much complete bullshit the brainwashed western public will swallow. George Galloway, love him or hate him, does a very good weekly programme called ‘The History Boys’. Here’s this week’s one, all about the history of Venezuela…

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A Quick Update from France

Acte XI last weekend was one of the biggest yet, and it included the first ever gilets jaunes night protest in Paris. The police response to these (almost entirely peaceful) protests gets ever more violent. In the meantime, in Paris on Sunday there was an anti-Yellow Vest protest by a group calling themselves the ‘Red Scarves’. There were not many protestors there and it was obviously a government staged stunt (here if you want a laugh).

Acte XII next Saturday looks like it’s going to be another big one. Problem is, this is now all turning into a bit of a stalemate between the government and the protestors. The city of Rouen has been one of the biggest centres of protest in France (more so than Paris). The gilets jaunes in Rouen are now calling for an unlimited general strike, starting next week. General strikes are not that unusual in France. The last big one was in March 2016, which was when this latest wave of protests first kicked off. That general strike was a protest against reforms to employment laws, but mostly it was a protest against the state of emergency introduced by the Hollande government after the ‘terror attacks’ in Paris the previous November, terror attacks that took place on Friday 13th and like all the other ‘terror attacks’ it perfectly mirrored the political chaos in France.

These general strikes don’t last very long, but with the mood in the country at the moment this call from the gilets jaunes in Rouen might be answered. As usual if there aren’t English subtitles on this video click on the first little icon on the right of the YouTube toolbar…

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Venezuela – Lines in the Sand

The attempted overthrow of President Maduro in Venezuela is one of the most blatant acts yet by the American empire to push its agenda of wholesale death and slaughter in the name of $$$. Most people reading these words will be well aware of the appalling record that America has. The USA has been at war almost continuously during the more than 200 years of its existence. Post World War Two the USA has been like the Nazis on steroids. The only way that the demented Frankenstein that is Uncle Sam will ever be properly stopped is if the American people revolt and overthrow this monster. There doesn’t seem to be much chance of this, because most Americans are so dumbed-down and are subjected to the biggest propaganda machine in history.

What’s going on at the moment in Venezuela might be a turning point, though. Both Russia and China are heavily invested in Venezuela, and after defeating the Americans in Syria I can’t see any way that Moscow and Beijing will allow this latest shabby exercise by Uncle Sam, because if they do allow it they know that they might well be next for ‘regime change’. This is a line in the sand.

The Global Times is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government. Their Editorial today is worth a read. It’s couched very diplomatically yet plainly states that the Chinese are no longer going to tolerate the antics of the demented Frankenstein. There are similar noises coming out of Moscow.

Who knows where this is going to end..?

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A Tale of Two Cities

We’ve had the unedifying spectacle this week of all the Brexit stuff going on in the UK Parliament, headed by the most incompetent and corrupt government ever seen in modern times, a corpse of a government kept in power by the DUP and the presstitutes. What’s really whacko about it is that while UK Parliamentarians are debating Brexit there’s millions out on the streets of France who are effectively giving their finger to the EU. This very important point never comes into the Brexit debate, because there’s a D Notice out on it; ie, while the UK media do report on the gilets juanes movement, they don’t report on the sheer scale of it. Most of the dickheads in Parliament don’t know what’s going on just across the Channel (although of course the likes of Theresa May do). If there was more awareness of the revolution taking place in France the Brexit debate would be very different. Instead we get Stepford Wives land, which makes me ashamed to be a Brit.

Acte X is this coming Saturday, and it looks set to be another big one, with even more violence from the police (which has been ordered by maggot Macron). A lot of the videos I link to here about what’s going on in France mysteriously disappear. This video, which covers last Saturday’s Acte IX, might stay up. It gives a good insight into what’s going on in France. There should be English subtitles on this video. If they don’t appear click on the first little icon on the right of the YouTube toolbar:

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The Complete Joke That Is British Democracy

In 2017 Theresa May called a general election, despite May saying that the government would see out its five year term. Theresa May’s government lost its majority in that election and has since been propped up by the 10 MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Last December the UK Conservative government were found to be in contempt of Parliament. This is the first time in history that this has ever happened, and it’s the first time in history that no one has been prosecuted for it.

At this stage, under constitutional law, the Queen should have asked the Leader of the Opposition to form a government. This didn’t happen, because of course the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition is a socialist and the British Establishment will do anything and everything to prevent a socialist government.

So, the totally incompetent and corrupt Theresa May government has continued to limp along, propped up entirely by the presstitutes.

Tonight’s massive defeat on the EU withdrawal bill (the biggest government defeat in history) should have meant the end of prime minister May and her government; but no, the presstitutes continue to talk up May & Co, which includes a large number of Labour MPs – people like Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper – who will do anything to stop Corbyn getting into power.

Corbyn has called for a vote of confidence in the government, which will be voted on at 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Breaking Eggs – French Style

I was in the Post Office this afternoon, sending off a parcel. As I stood at the counter filling in address labels my nose was streaming and I didn’t even realise it. The girl behind the counter produced some tissues to clean up the mess. Just a quick update, because I’m dead on my feet with a really bad cold at the moment.

In the week before Christmas the police demolished most of the gilets jaunes encampments on the roads and roundabouts of France. In the last week or so the gilets jaunes have started appearing again on the roads and roundabouts – and in my quiet neck of the woods in much greater numbers, despite the awful January weather. Last Saturday we had Acte VIII, which was a big one, in both Paris and the rest of the country. This week President Macron’s response to this has been to announce even harsher measures against the demonstrators. As a result of this Acte IX next Saturday might be a bit subdued, or maybe it won’t. It’s hard to tell in these situations how things are going to pan out. One thing is for certain, the more that the hated Macron tries to break the yellow vests the more messy/violent the omelette will become.

The following brief video is French language, yet most of the satire is visual and quite easy to follow…

And a reminder that the first proper UK yellow vest protest is due to take place next Saturday.

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Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to one and all. It goes without saying that 2019 looks set to be an interesting one, and I mean that in both a good way and a bad way. One example of a good way is the gilets jaunes movement in France. Yes, I know I’ve been banging on about this continuously just recently, so I’ll just add a brief note about it here: I’ve heard many accounts of riot police taking off their helmet and joining the protestors. Last night, New Year’s Eve, the gilets jaunes were out on the streets again; not in great numbers and most of it was peaceful, because people just wanted to see in the New Year. A gilets jaunes demo that was not peaceful took place yesterday evening in Bordeaux. At 9 minutes 25 seconds into this video you can see a riot cop who’s taken off his helmet and leggings and joined in with the protestors (in the video they’ve blurred out the cop’s face to protect his identity). One wonders what happens to these riot police who defect to the gilets jaunes? I would presume they lose their job. Do they also get prosecuted?

Anyhows, stuff like the gilets juanes is why the psychopaths who rule us are quietly rolling out the police state. God, what a world, and hasn’t it always been so…

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Acte VII des Gilets Jaunes

I make no apologies for returning to this subject again, because what’s happening on the streets of France at the moment is history in the fast lane.

The gilets jaunes protest in Paris yesterday was the smallest one so far, with somewhere between 1000 and 2000 protestors. The smaller number could be because we’re in the middle of the Christmas holiday. It’s also because the police have been arresting and intimidating protestors from the regions before they can even get to Paris. One thing I’m fairly sure of is that the small size of the Paris demo is not because the gilets jaunes movement is running out of steam. This brief news bulletin shows footage from yesterday of gilets jaunes demos in Marseille, Nantes, Amiens, Bordeaux, Rouen and Toulouse. As far as I’m aware, the Rouen demo was the biggest in Acte VII, with something like 10,000 people on the streets (if interested you can find better footage of the Rouen demonstration here). The most common chant at all these demos is Macron, va te foutre tu! (Macron, go fuck yourself!). Interestingly, at one point during the Paris demo the gilets jaunes gathered outside the BFM-TV building and started chanting fake news! fake news! The gilets jaunes no longer buy into the lies and bullshit pumped out by the presstitutes, which is one reason why the Establishment are so terrified of the gilets jaunes (the manufacturers of tear gas canisters must be making a killing at the moment – from yesterday’s Paris demo see this).

But let me get to the reason for this post: the news footage I link to above shows demonstrations that took place in six of France’s biggest cities, but yesterday there were also gilets jaunes demonstrations in towns and other cities the length and breadth of France. Here’s some examples (the Brittany one is quite interesting):

Acte VII des “Gilets jaunes” à Besançon le 29 décembre 2018 (eastern France, near the border with Switzerland)

Gilets Jaunes 29 décembre 2018 Carrefour Langueux (Brittany, north west France)

Gilets jaunes Dijon – ACTE 7 (in the Burgundy region in eastern France)

Acte 7 – Affrontement entre gilet jaune et CRS dans la gare (Montpellier) (South of France)

Hopefully the above videos will give some idea of the utter chaos that happened yesterday during Acte VII, and this was in the regions outside of Paris. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in all my life. If this is not Revolution I don’t know what is.

It’s hard to say just how widespread the gilets jaunes movement is, because of its unaffiliated nature. The French police have said that there were 12,000 protestors on the streets of France yesterday. If you look at the video links I’ve given here you’ll see that it was far more than that, probably in the 100s of thousands, and this in the middle of the Christmas holiday. Some of these regional demonstrations were relatively small, whilst others were massive, and there were thousands of demonstrations. There were an awful lot of angry people on the streets of France yesterday. It’s one reason why I don’t think the gilets jaunes are going to disappear anytime soon.

The protests don’t just take place on Saturdays. It’s 7 days a week. A favourite protest spot for the gilets jaunes is roundabouts, all across France (they’ve been at my local roundabout for weeks now). They build encampments at the roundabouts so that they can shelter from bad weather and warm themselves by a fire. In the week before Christmas the police demolished most of these encampments. This was mostly done by military police, because many Gendarmes didn’t want to do it. There’s been many surreal moments over the last seven weeks. Here’s another one, which took place in the small town of Margencel in southeastern France, where the gilets jaunes danced to the strains of Piaf’s La foule, shortly before the police demolished their encampment…

The full version of Edith Piaf’s La foule can be found here.

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Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance

The title of this post is taken from a banner that one of the protestors was holding up in Paris today (it also sort of rhymes in French as it does in English). The ‘5th Act’ (as the demonstrators call it, because this is the fifth weekend of protests) began in a subdued way. At lunchtime it looked like this was going to be a quiet one, but as the afternoon wore on more and more protestors joined in, until there must have been at least ten thousand people on the streets of Paris; this on a godawful wet and cold December day – I’m sure it was great fun to be soaked by a water cannon on such a day. Je salut les gilets jaunes.

There’s a lot I can say here, but I suppose I just want to briefly say that this all gets too Paris-centric: these demonstrations are taking place all over France. This includes my own very rural neck of the woods in south west France, although as yet there’s been no violence from either the police or demonstrators here (the police here are currently turning a blind eye to it). Things are different in other parts of France. The following footage, from today 15th December, comes from Saint-Brieuc, a relatively small place in Brittany, in north west France. Outside of Paris these scenes are being repeated all over France…

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The King Addresses the Plebs

This evening President Macron has made his first televised address to the nation in almost two weeks (Macron’s address follows at the end of this post). Macron threw out a few crumbs whilst saying that he will not withdraw tax cuts for the rich. This will only inflame the gilet jaune movement. Expect another round of major riots next weekend.

I should perhaps reiterate that despite the fact that the mainstream media have only picked up on these protests recently, this major civil unrest has in fact been going on for many years now. It all stems, of course, from the 2008 economic collapse. In France, the civil unrest started to kick-off when the then President Sarkozy raised the pension age, this after a massive bail-out of the banks. It kicked-off big time in January 2016 (almost three years ago now), when the plebs started protesting against the proposed new employment laws which had been put forward the previous September by the Hollande government. They were also protesting against the state of emergency which had been introduced after the Paris ‘terror attacks’ in November 2015. The protest against the state of emergency culminated in a general strike on 31st March 2016. The civil unrest has been going on ever since.

Here’s the King/Jupiter addressing the plebs today…

I won’t even get into what’s going on in the UK at the moment.

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The Point of Non-Retour

I’m starting to feel like an extra in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, what with the two big protests in London today by Brexiteers and Remainers; but let me stick with France for the moment. A few days ago l’Humanité (a newspaper closely associated with the French Communist Party) published a piece which featured an interview with an anonymous CRS/riot police officer. This officer said that since the start of the gilets jaunes protests he’s taken sick leave, because he’s sympathetic with the protestors and doesn’t want to have to confront them. The officer said that many of his colleagues feel the same way. During yesterday’s riots in Paris there were nearly 10,000 police on the streets and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that on a number of occasions police took off their riot helmets and joined the protestors. Of course these protests are taking place all over France. The gilet jaunes are picketing toll booths on the autoroutes, and they’ve been pushing up the barriers and allowing drivers to go through free of charge. The police have largely ignored this. As was shown in places like East Germany and Romania, when law enforcement starts sympathising with protestors it normally means a quick end for the ruling elite.

But this is France in 2018 and what’s happening with the gilet jaunes is totally unprecedented – ie, a popular uprising totally unconnected to political movements. However it all pans out there’s no going back now. Things will never be the same again (governments all around the world will be quaking in their boots when they see what’s going on in France). This is a revolution, but as with all revolutions at some point the political process has to take over from boiling anger on the streets. Talking of which, the 2017 French presidential election was quite a close run race, with just six points separating Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In the first round Macron got less than 20% of the vote, and in the second round Macron only won the presidency because most of the French voters didn’t want the (then) even worst prospect of Le Pen as president. Now it seems almost certain that Macron is toast and won’t see out his presidency. The French will either go for Mélenchon or Le Pen. It looks like we might, sometime soon, have the rather interesting prospect of a genuine socialist in power in France, and a genuine socialist in power in Britain. With the way it’s all panned out, you really couldn’t make this stuff up. I think I’ve already mentioned that I feel like an extra in A Tale of Two Cities.

Here’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon, speaking the day before this fourth wave of protests. There should be English sub-titles on this video. If the sub-titles don’t appear click on the first little icon on the right of the tool bar.

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France – What’s Going to Happen Next?

As is usual in these situations, there’s all kind of rumours flying around at the moment. One thing you can say with almost certainty is that these protests won’t stop until the Macron government is swept from power. It looks like we’re in for a fourth weekend of massive protests. One rumour flying around is that this weekend large numbers of the police are going to go on indefinite strike, and these police are going to join the protestors. If this does happen we’re almost certainly looking at martial law in France. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

The following video is the nearest I can find, with an English translation, that accurately reflects the feeling on the streets of France right now…

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