Hello, I am Thomas Barlow and once a week (when i am not blottoed or away), I will try and collate some of the more interesting articles and memes floating around to give you a little digest of the week behind – and a glimpse of the week ahead.
RealFare already do an excellent one on welfare. But as all things happening affect welfare, I am going to try and cover some linked subjects, such as Economics (not boring i promise! Well, maybe…), Environment (yeah, climate change and fracking affect our welfare), Liberty (police repression stops our ability to make the change we need), and I will poke a bit of fun at Distractions of the Week – public debates that waste our time and energy (which 3 weeks out of four will almost certainly be something about immigrants, asylum seekers or how the poor are scum). I will always try and finish on some Good News – either good global news from activists, or inspiring speeches or anything else I can find.
It probably seems fair to tell you who I am and to maybe establish some credentials. Well, Thomas Barlow is an Anarchist and long time campaigner, who is Equalities Officer of Greater Manchester Community Union, an ardent environmentalist who spent a lot of time working within Climate Camp, a global anti poverty campaigner who lead campaigns on boycotting the world bank, RBS, Shell and Coke. I’m a former worker for CND, GreenPeace, World Development Movement. An anti fascist, pro community, anti-capitalist, pro-working class, anti-war, loves everybody, feminist leftie hippy scumbag. From Leicester. Blap.
A bit about the fracking stitch up.
And bytheway Climate Change is real.
The protest site in Barton Moss, aimed at stopping fracking in Salford, tells a new story of police injustice almost every day – the GMP (Greater Manchester Police)(being a particularly cruel breed of bastards) blithely press on, now matter how many times they get caught.
The ‘nudge unit’, who psychologically manipulate the British public ‘for their own good’ have just been privatised. Nice.
Distraction of the week
To put into context how ridiculous the coverage of the floods was, we should not only enjoy these pictures of politicians looking baffled in wellies, and soldiers without wellies but also remember that in 2007 25,000 homes were flooded in Yorkshire alone from floods which devastated the North. 1,000 homes were affected in Somerset. Just saying.
The fact that the floods were actually used as a platform for Nigel Farage (a man who gets an inordinate amount of airtime representing a party that has less MPs than the Green Party) and other establishment idiots to deny climate change and slag off helping people in countries that our government and weapons industry has helped to devastate over the years, was stunning double win for the wankers in charge – as highlighted by the excellent Media Lens. And rebutted nicely by the African Union.
Of course it was actually gay marriage’s fault.
Debates Coming Up
Watch out for a lot of bullshit that is about to be chatted about Venezuela…
And grovelling toss about the royals…
Owen Jones – the lovely chap that he is – has put forward a hopeful and reasonable manifesto for what we should be working towards. It is essentially the Green Party manifesto, but it is nicely written…
A GP is fighting the privatisation of the NHS (messages of support would be nice!).
Rowan Atkinson gives a good speech.
“As Canadian journalist Naomi Klein has argued in her book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, ‘free markets’ were slickly marketed in the 1980s and 1990s with the idea that they would deliver individual freedom and prosperity for all. Klein also wrote that the use of military violence to facilitate the spread of ‘free markets’ in the field-testing stage from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s has continued into the 2000s. Her view is supported in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary Why We Fight, which compellingly showed that America fights wars to make the world secure for its corporations. So, get reading and viewing! (Lorde giggles and half the audience rises to their feet applauding. The other half remain fixed in their chairs. Some reluctantly clap).
“Thankyou soo much everyone for giving a shit about our song, ‘Royals’. May you all find the balls to help construct a world based on resilient community, bona-fide freedom, and peace. To do that, we will need to redeploy the psychopaths that currently run the world to the planet’s prisons. Peace cannot happen with reconciliation. That was Nelson Mandela’s mistake. The first step to peace is justice firmly served.”
Anarchists blow stuff up (this is actually something we hate happening, and getting blamed for, but it is still kinda funny…).