Sunday, 13 September 2020
Extinction rebellion protesters, "so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals”, are a threat to our way of life, says UK Home Secretary, Priti pointless Patel.
According To Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report the way of life she is referring to is a world summed up in this photo and brought about by increasing the wealth of the richest 1% to the extent that they now own 44 percent of the world’s wealth.
Patel’s husband, Alex Sawyer is a marketing consultant for the US stock exchange company, NASDAQ, which recently published an article with the headline ... “The Ultra rich Have $13 Billion at this Offshore Bank (NT Butterfield): Here's Why You Should Buy”.
Offshore banks, much loved by the 1%, are often referred to as tax havens. Fortunately for 'our way of life' none of these tax havens are threatened with fire --- yet
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
"All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death' Macbeth
New BBC supremo, Tim Davie—annual salary £525,000—thinks TV comedy is too left-wing. He believes that it is necessary to redress bias against political leaders such as Boris Johnson and Donald Trump and for there to be greater ‘impartiality’ by the broadcaster. As a former Conservative Party councillor candidate and deputy chairman of his local Party he is, of course, well placed to be the judge of that.
In this country, mocking the upper class has been central to satire from Chaucer to 'Spitting Image' and was used by Shakespeare to poke fun at powerful political figures.
In ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the character Bottom emphasises the arrogance and stupidity of the ruling class. His head is transformed into that of a donkey, making him the butt of the play's biggest jokes.
Some ruling class afflictions highlighted by Shakespeare were too awful for humour and had to be dealt with, without the laughs.
In ‘Macbeth’, the King of Scotland's bloody hands symbolise the immense violence and cruelty wielded by the politically powerful.
In ‘Hamlet', a skull is used to show how all of us, good or evil, rich or poor, powerful or powerless, end up in the ground.
If Shakespeare were alive today, he might quote his own words from ‘Richard III’ in response to Davie’s new appointment, “Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog”.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
I want to devote this blog to Craig Murray. Once an Ambassador and today a political activist who is next week travelling to London from his Edinburgh home because, “The travesty that is Julian Assange’s extradition hearing resumes fully on 7 September at the Old Bailey. I shall be … going down to London to cover it again in full, for an expected three weeks. How this is going to work at the Old Bailey, I do not know. Covid restrictions presumably mean that the numbers in the public gallery will be tiny. As of now, there is no arrangement for Julian’s friends and family in place. It looks like 4am queuing is in prospect..”
Good luck Craig – and of course Julian – and please be sure to follow Craig’s reports.
As a fellow whistleblower I have a powerful affinity with his life struggles and recommend you read his memoir,‘Murder in Samarkand’. A book praised by David Leigh in The Guardian with these words, “Murray does demonstrate that the men of straw have failed to silence him, for which he deserves much praise. But he has none the less been successfully defenestrated.”
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Where is My Vote, Peoples Campaign for Corbyn FB, 06 January 2020
El Pepe, Peoples Campaign for Corbyn FB, 02 January 2020
In Defence of Simplicity, David Wilson website, 02 December 2019
The Crucible Re-staged, David Wilson website, 27 November 2019
Manifesto of Hope, The London Economic, 21 November 2019
Between the Wars, David Wilson website, 21 November 2019
Meeting Ken, David Wilson website, 9 November 2019
No More Tweedles, David Wilson website, 7 November 2019
Who Will Fight for the NHS, David Wilson website, 27 October 2019
Brexit Jokers, David Wilson website, 27 October 2019
Winning the Election is Easy, The London Economic, 20 July 2019
What Isn't Reported about Julian Assange, The London Economic, 16 April 2019
Corbyn must stand strong against attacks on Israel, The People's News, 28 August 2018
Palestinians have Right to Return and Live, The People's News, 20 May 2018
Israel's Act of Terror, The People's News, 14 May 2018
Giving the Finger to the DWP, The Canary, 11 May 2018
Disabled Tribunal Victory, The London Economic, 10 May 2018
Disabled victory in courts: The People's News 9 May 2018
Labour Party Remains on the Up, The People's News, 4 May 2018
Theresa May + husband + war = profit, The People's News, 26 April 2018
Criticising Israel is not anti-semitic, The People's News, 23 April 2018
The Pornography of War, The People's News, 12 April 2018
The Overton Window, The People's News, 6 April 2018
The Overton Window, The Internattional Times, 19 April 2018
Corbyn is no Anti-Semite, The People's News, 26 March 2018
Corbyn Wise not to Spoil for Fight , The People's News, 15 March 2018
Disabled Man Taken off Disability Allowance, The People's News, 14 March 2018
The Calabash Tree, having a heart operation, 17 Feb 2018
NHS Privateers, The London Economic, 2 Feb 2018
Why Boris Johnson, a Face to be Punched, Public Reading Rooms review
My Disabled Son Stripped of Benefits, The London Economic, 24 Aug 2017
The Fool is for the Many, Jaroslav Hašek's novel The Good Soldier Schwejk, 14 July 2017
Music of the Spheres, Heathcote Williams play, 18 June 2017
Them or Us in the Election, The London Economic, 7 June 2017
Exposing Corruption in Charities, Guardian article about charity corruption, 16 April 2017,
Abandoning Refugee Children, The London Economic, 11 Feb 2017
In The Living Years, for Stand Alone under pseudonym, 16 Sep 2016
Who Speaks for the Refugee Children, Counterpunch after visit to Calais, 20 May 2016
Planet Zembar, Subdural Haematoma article in Huffington Post, 17 March 2015
Famous anti-Zionist Jews, Stop the War Coalition, 12 Aug 2014
What a Strange Way to Protect Civilians, article for US antiwar website about depleted uranium weapons, 16 April 2011
Bush in London, Counterpunch, 18 June 2008
The Collapse of Iraq's Health Services, Counterpunch article about collapse of Iraq's health services, 14 Oct 2006
Depleted Uranium Weapons, Future Trust, 2006
Gloucester Weapons Inspectors, Counterpunch, 30 Jan 2003
Music and War, as published by the European Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol 10, issue 3, 1999 and in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, University of Kansas, Fall 2000, Vol. XV, No. 8 & re-written for a chapter in Left Field
Left Field, The memoir of a lifelong actvist - read it online for FREE here
Thursday, 27 August 2020
“We had an idea to link Camden Guitars with the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, bring musicians to and from and vice versa. It has all rather gone into abeyance like most things have this year ... There are curious and wonderful parallels – both are living music centres.”
'Left Field' can now be read for free here