Monday, 9 December 2019

Last Chance Election


We are now two days away from the election. I know I have said this before but I will say it again. In my seven decades this is the most important general election since my first. That was in 1945 with the election of the Atlee Labour government which saw the setting up of the NHS. 

In that election my only voice was as a wailing baby. My only actions at the other end of my body. For the first time in my life I am actively involved in what has become a vital struggle to return this country to a semblance of civilisation. We are not talking about a social revolution, but the attempt by a Corbyn-led Labour Party to place the UK alongside the social and economic policies of the Scandinavian countries. 

 

This election is not about Brexit. It is not about the idiocy of Boris Johnson. It is quite literally about life and death. I am alive today because the NHS has been there to save me. Please watch this short video and read ’Nail Your Flag to the Mast’. Then join me on Thursday and Vote for a Labour government. It is the ‘last chance’ election. 

 

 



Thursday, 5 December 2019

Nail Your Flag to the Mast

 

ENEMY OF THE STATE Boris Johnson warns voters Jeremy Corbyn is a national security risk who will bow down to Britain’s enemies. THE SUN 

BRITONS FURIOUS at Corbyn’s OAP tax attack. “Stick Your Hikes where the Sun Don’t Shine.” DAILY EXPRESS 

JEREMY CORBYN FORCED to deny he wants to get rid of MI5 after Boris Johnson called him a security risk. THE DAILY MAIL 

JEREMY CORBYN IS ASHAMED OF BRITAIN. He’d leave our defences in the hands of a chaotic committee. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 

 

All four headlines from one day, 2 December 2019. If the billionaire Press have persuaded you to believe and act on these words all our futures will be very bleak. Fortunately we are now able to communicate with each other on social media and scrape away the frost from the corporate media window.  

 

I have met many politicians over my seven decades, but have never empathised with any of them, never joined their parties or knocked on doors for them. Until now. In next week’s election we have a manifesto worth fighting for. 

 

I have personal reasons for this. First of all the experiences of my son when faced with cuts to his disability benefits. See here, here and here and my own health crises and direct experience of the need for our free NHS. See herehere  and here 

 

If Brexit is the most important issue for you, above and beyond child poverty, foodbanks, the rise in homelessness, zero-hours contracts, low pay and low pensions, social benefit cuts, climate extinction, the NHS, peace not war, anti-racism….add your own list here, then read this 

 

Finally the massive lie that is being used to persuade us that we should not elect a Corbyn-led Labour government. - that he is a racist and anti-semite. If he is then so was Albert Einstein. Read here,  here,  here and  here 

 

Six months ago I wrote that we are on a winning run. Today it seems the bookies agree with me.No more Tweedle Dees and Tweedle Dums. On 12 December the choice is stark and will decide all our futures 

 

None of us struggle alone or without support. Although I blog on my own website,  I have been published by The London Economic, The Peoples News, Stop the War, International Times and regularly by The Peoples Campaign for Corbyn; run defiantly and with a commitment few of us could manage, by banner maker Alice Kilroy.

 




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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

In Defence of Simplicity

 

 1967: Enoch Powell, Tory MP and Minister of Health in the 1960s Macmillan government. At the height of controversy over his ‘rivers of blood’ speech – he was the Farage of his day - he made the mistake of trying to give a speech at Essex University. I was part of the posse who escorted him to his car. Both he and us conducted this exercise in mutually contemptuous silence.

 

1970: George Brown, Labour MP and Foreign Secretary in the Wilson government. At a general election rally in Colchester Town Hall I joined others to heckle Brown about the Vietnam war. Not a man able to contain his anger, he stepped down from the stage and took a swipe at me. The following day the Sun had a photo of his assault on their front page with the headline, “Up and At ‘Em George” Meanwhile I ducked down to avoid his blows and those of National Front thugs who had arrived at the scene.

 

1996: Tony Blair was guest speaker at the Piccadilly Hotel in London for a music awards lunch. I was there as co-founder of the charity War Child. He was introduced to me by his PA, Anji Hunter (who went on to become Director of Communications at BP and then Director of External Affairs for Anglo American Oil). I tried to tell him about the return of fascism to SE Europe. Anji pushed her clipboard into my chest and led the wretched man out of the room.


1997: As director of the about-to-be-opened Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina,  I was tasked with inviting the town’s two mayors to its opening. (One small town, two mayors, a mini-Berlin!). When I arrived at the office of the Croatian mayor, Ivan Prskalo, his sound system was tuned to the Spice Girls. Things got off to a bad start when he said he felt offended to be invited to an event in his own town by an Englishman. I wanted to say that people didn’t normally bomb their own towns, but kept quiet. In polite chit-chat I mentioned that my former wife was Croatian. The Bosniak mayor, Safet Oručević, then arrived for the meeting and Prskalo turned to him and said cheefully, “David Wilson looks young for his years because he married a Croat", to which I replied, “No it’s because I divorced one.”


1999: Michael Howard, leader of the Tory Party, 2003 – 2005 and Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, turned up at the Pavarotti Music Centre. He was introduced to me and I asked him what he was doing. He replied, “Meeting local politicians”. I replied,”Why?”, to which he answered, “Fact-finding dear chap.” I laughed and said, “You know as well as I do that you won’t get any facts from politicians.” He turned to his minder and asked “Can we move on to my next meeting?”

 

2006: Peter Mandelson, Labour MP, close advisor to Tony Blair and the Dominic Cummings of his day, was exiting Westminster Cathedral after Blair had given one of his ‘faith’ lectures. I had been helping organise the Stop the War demonstration outside and we persuaded people to turn up with musical instruments, pots and pans etc to ‘rough musik’ Blair. The historian E. P. Thompson described this as using raucous “music” and street theatre, to mock those “who offended against community norms.” I had cow bells which I rang in his ear as he crossed Victoria Street, while repeating the two words, “You murderer.” He should have left from the back of the building with his boss.


2018: Jeremy Corbyn: As my MP he visited me at Barts Hospital when I was trying to overcome heart / stroke problems following an operation ( I am now OK and stll here thanks to the NHS.). No entourage, no photographers. A simple act of kindness. When he was speaking recently outside the Whittington Hospital he saw me standing in the crowd and raised his right hand over his heart. I nodded a ‘yes’ to his signalled question about my health.

A simple man in the best meaning of that word. Not something that can be said of any of the others. JC4PM