Friday, 26 June 2020
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
I spent today on Hampstead Heath with a friend and over the pasta salad and tepid Nescafe, we started talking about how we are nothing more than bundles of energy. We hadn’t gone far into Quantum Theory when she pulled from her bag a Guardian interview with US actor Gary Busey, star of Big Wednesday and Point Break. More importantly for me he used to be drummer with Leon Russell and played Holly in the 1978 Biopic, ‘Buddy Holly’.
He and I have our age in common, 75, and our medical history, subdural haematoma.
There we part. He writes that at the time of his brain surgery, “I went to the other side – the spiritual realm … I was surrounded by angels. Balls of light floating all around me. And I felt trust, love, protection and happiness like you cannot feel on earth. It’s the feeling the angels live in … And three balls of light came up to me and talked to me. The one on the left talked to me in an androgynous voice and said the direction I was going in was good … And every time he spoke, I felt so loved, like a little baby in the arms of his brother … . It is transformation from one dimension to another and it is painless, free and lovely.”
At the time of my haematoma operation I too was surrounded by angels, but mine were present in the material form of surgeon, anaesthetist, nurses and other pre- and post- op staff.
I have no ‘other side’ stories, but plenty on this side.
I was back surrounded by my ‘angels’ three years later at the time of my heart surgery, stroke and heart infection. Quite a bit of pain, minimised with drugs, free thanks to the NHS and lovely in the sense of the care I received from the health service, my family and friends.
On my way home from the Heath I passed many houses with ‘Thank You NHS’ and one with ‘Thank God for Immigrants’ Yes I join with these sentiments and with the Deity thanks. My brain surgeon was Nigerian, my heart surgeon Egyptian and my favourite nurse, post-stroke, Filipino.
I don’t want to over-diss Gary Busey, after all he lives in Malibu, and who, after his brain surgery, helped create the US Traumatic Brain Injury Act, which led to helmets being mandatory for motorbike drivers and passengers. But he is said to be a friend of Donald Trump so I reinstate 9/10 of my criticism
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
The Guardian all but ignored the leaked review showing that Labour's Blairite officials sabotaged Corbyn's chances at the 2017 general election. But it gives front page billing to a new Labour report suggesting that the party needs to swing dramatically rightwards to win in 2024.
His rivals know that Corbyn's egalitarian policy proposals could easily resonate with Britons of all races, religions and ethnicities. This is why instead of attacking his ideas and policies, they are attacking him personally
With the destruction of Jeremy Corbyn Northern European social democracy failed to re-establish itself in the UK. I find it rather troubling that Keir Starmer seems more interested in suppressing this report than acting on its alarming findings.
I would like to refer you to Craig Murray’s analysis on the Labour Party report on anti-semitism complaints. Yes the report that is being buried by Sir Keir Starmer. This is an abbreviated version.
“With the destruction of Jeremy Corbyn Northern European social democracy failed to re-establish itself in the UK. I find it rather troubling that Keir Starmer seems more interested in suppressing this report than acting on its alarming findings. The report conclusively refutes the accusation that delays were occasioned by Jeremy Corbyn or his office, or that his office displayed any sympathy for anti-semitism. In fact, the opposite is the case. Corbyn’s office showed a proper hatred of anti-semitism, but also an alarming willingness to throw good people under the bus on very flimsy allegations of anti-semitism.
"Labour HQ was staffed by right wingers so
vehemently anti-Corbyn that they actively wanted the Conservatives to
win elections. Senior members of staff were messaging each other
opposing any increase in corporation tax and opposing
re-nationalisation of the railways as “Trot” policies.
'The case of the very right wing Gen Secretary, John McTernan, is instructive. McTernan had taken to writing articles in the Daily Telegraph praising the Tories and attacking Labour, but the Governance and Legal Unit of Party HQ refused to take action against him. His abusive language on Twitter and elsewhere, included describing Labour MPs who nominated Corbyn as “morons”; tweeting that Corbyn was a “traitor”; describing “Corbynistas” as racist; calling Corbyn a “Putin-hugging, terrorist-loving, Trident-hater”; and writing in the Daily Telegraph that all of Corbyn’s supporters were “online trolls”.
'Meanwhile left wingers were being thrown out of the
party for having advocated a Green vote years before they joined, or
for calling MPs who supported the Iraq war “warmongers”. The
report makes an overwhelming case that the Governance and Legal Unit
of the Labour Party failed to take action on accusations of
anti-semitism because it was devoting all of its energies to a
factional effort to remove Corbyn supporters from the party.
right wing staff were hoping for Labour electoral defeats in order to
get rid of Corbyn. HQ staff set up another organisation based in
another building, to divert party funds and secretly channel them to
the campaigns of their favoured right wing MPs.
British military attacks abroad appeared to be the touchstone issue
for who was “in” and who was “out” with Labour Party HQ
'Corbyn correctly, stated something that had been
unsayable in mainstream UK political discourse – that British
invasions abroad provoke terrorism at home. Labour Party HQ staff
hoped and believed this would sink Corbyn and were actively wishing
Labour to fall in the polls.
"The Labour HQ staff had been
inherited from the Blair years, and factional loyalty and a history
of right wing political activity were much more important in
employment decisions than qualifications or competence.
Governance and Legal Unit, which handled the complaints of
anti-semitism, was staffed by vehemently anti-Corbyn right wingers
and was also useless. The report hints throughout that the failure to
deal with anti-semitic Labour Party members was a deliberate act by
party HQ staff in order to make Corbyn look bad. The report proves
conclusively that allegations of unwarranted interference from
Corbyn’s office to block anti-semitism action are malicious
"John Ware, a freelance journalist, was hired by the BBC to
make the panorama programme “Is Labour Anti-Semitic” despite his
history of anti-Muslim, and specifically anti-Palestinian,
"Corbyn failed to be sufficiently ruthless in
clearing out the quite extraordinarily right wing Blairites that he
had inherited as Labour Party HQ staff. Corbyn lacked the
ruthlessness required in a leader to spot enemies and be rid of them.
But then, his not being a ruthless bastard is why so many people
flocked to support Corbyn in the first place.
of attempting to appease the media on anti-semitism was never going
to work. The right wing press and TV had no genuine interest in
anti-racism, other than as a tool to prevent the possible election of
a European style social democratic government. Neither the media nor
the Blairites were ever going to reconcile to Corbyn.
never know what would have happened if he had come out and denounced
the witch-hunt as an attempt to stifle supporters of the
Palestinians, and spoken openly of Israel’s move to apartheid. He
had the nerve to take on the establishment narrative when he stated
that British military invasions cause terrorist blowback at home, and
won public support. Whether a firm line on Palestine and calling out
the witch-hunt would have had a better result than giving way before
unfair attacks, we can never know.”
Craig Murray's full report is here: