Quotes of many colours!

Tune into any TV or radio station’s current affairs programmes at any hour these days and you will find interviewers grilling someone, either the same person or another person on the same subject parroting the very same questions.

Why not save the money and have real parrots different colours for different stations with cards round their necks with names on them. Having learnt the interminable repeated questions they colours parroting thus Parrot! Parrot! parrot! Parrot! Parrot…..

 

 

 

 

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Colwyn Bay’s (new) Jewel in its Crown.

Colwyn Bay’s second phase of its new promenade (Prominad in Welsh) designed to keep the seas at bay is near completion masked at the moment with stuff that spoils its picture. When its finished I’ll post a view.

In the meantime I can post a vision  that is a refurbishment by the work of the Welsh crafts people (although some may be from abroad (England) of one of the Bay’s features built for the convenience of our many visitors to our shore over the years.

When asked by one of the crafts person’s what I thought of their work I could only say “fabulous.”       See what you think?   By the way if it puzzles you a bit:

Yes! It is the Toilet!

I think you have to pay but surely its worth it.  All Iv’e got to do now is find how to attach it!

Here the very jewel ion Bay’s crown!

 

 

 

Crocodile tears wouldn’t have mattered if May had shed buckets full!

Its a bitter irony that the  Grenfell Tower fire should happen as Britain starts to negotiate  its way out of the European Union central to which is seen by some of  its main protagonists as  keeping out foreigners who are “enjoying” this countries  largess. Racism!

Those of  us who argued for withdrawal  from the EU on  economic and political grounds will though need to search our consciences and  ensure there does not lie within us any xenophobic trace and root it out.

The irony is piled on when you consider that the laggardly  response to the plea of middle east women and children to  people caught up in but denied asylum as practices by successive  governments meant that  they could have, some were  I believe, perished in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

They would certainly have joined people housed in the worst possible conditions Britain can provide where private landlords, though not in this case,  make huge profits from their suffering. Some of their own amongst them profiting from the miseries they provide.

This is compounded by the disregard for tenants whose questioning of the dangers of the conditions lived in go ignored. When, as with Grenfell Towers, improvements are made more thought is given to its appearance in the eyes of its rich neighbours, by adding cheap cladding, while failing to fix safety measures such as sprinklers and alarms.

That Theresa May failed to make with the usual crocodile expected is the least of the concerns left in the flames of the towering inferno it shows up a system rotten to the core.

 

Le Care said it

I found this in Smiley’s People, Le Carre, featuring “your old service”(Labour), “George” (Watson) and my old trot mates

Trots “And there was a scandal George and your old service, the service you love, was involved with a notoriously revanchist outfit – volatile, talkative, violently anti detente -with all manner of anachronistic fixations – a total hangover from the cold war The very archetype our masters told us to avoid

The Old did for May as much as the young!

I find it puzzling that in the various analysis of the 2017 general election the older generation were all along said to be responsible for the ascendency in the Conservative Party’s vote.

I grew up and was active within two generations (at least) between 1945 to 1995 in a period of working class militancy unequalled in the 20th century and certainly since. This was at work, in the communities and in politics, with a small “p.”

We were the “Beat generation,” we “rocked and rolled,” took to “Flower Power” and to “Punk” as we thumbed our noses or “showed our arse” to the ruling class and authority in whenever it impinged on our rights Not just that but building on the struggles of the pioneers we organised and built the trade unions that secured the best wages and conditions ever seen for the working class and its allies.

Did its spirit fade in the face of middle of the road politics? If any section of the population is for turning, as “preached” by Tony Blair it is a section of the middle classes who are more likely to be bought for their votes.

So what? Well; can it be that Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto and demeanour with a “gleam of socialism” relit the gleam in oldies eyes and they returned to its roots and Labour.

It can’t only be the young that Jeremy’s team appealed to. Labour’s popular vote rose by 3.5 million between 2015 and 2017, so it has to be more than the young hasn’t it? The older generation, has a serious claim to be a part of that

Roy Jones, Colwyn Bay.

Vote! Vote! and only Labour

Labour MPs feared of a lost seat on June 8 listening to media siren voices whispering “tactical voting” should be told no matter the odds we can’t “outflank” the Tories – they have to be challenged head on.

The Communist Party’ has grasped the nettle of the importance of this election with the chance of a left political climate change that needs every vote for Labour garnered, with the popular vote as important as the seats gained, thus sustaining this change well beyond 2017.

Every vote against the Tories will show that the people are not willing to be used as pawns in a cynical snap election aimed at some kind of super power giving May a free hand in the Brexit negotiations.

The task is big for a working class activists, by hand or brain, frustrated by the ruling class’s long political dominance over their lives, having tried everything , short of revolution, to “beat the system“

Its understandable frustration at a Tory Party, sustained by millionaires’ wealth, in return sustaining the millionaires powers. Tory governments by administrative means helping bosses and hindering workers, in its extreme form by anti-trade union laws.

The ruling class’s tentacles are every where especially in a media proving daily that “black is white” to citizens who rely on its news and views for guidance but gets propaganda. Its gone into overdrive deriding Corbyn and Labour and extolling May’s “virtues.

We justly claim that “They are few and we are many,” bound together by our needs. But to make this count it needs unity in action countering a ruling class’s use of division in our ranks. Unity is needed now.

It is a two horse race no pacemakers no outsiders its “us or them!” Best make it us.

Dealing with Britain’s probems Nero did better

Thoughts for the Day on Maggie May.

The Snap election hailed as “Maggie” May’s capitalising on Labour’s low poll rating is I really about the chance of five more years before an unsuspecting electorate finds out the bleak economic future Britain faces.

A quick(ish) way out of this economic gloom would be tax the rich who have got tonnes of money, but are the Tory paymasters, so once more they will seek to “grind the faces of the poor” who have little money.

This is the latest Tory story of six years in having spared no one from austerity but the rich, while paring away the other sections of the populace’s incomes.

Any semblance of “work” no matter how poorly paid and part time counts and helps shortens the dole queue figures. Linked to benefits or not, it is encourages, or in the case of the disabled, “forces” to labour for a pittance..

Those in full time work labour under the minimum wage those 24 years old and under getting less a vast army of part and full time low paid and unskilled toil in warehouses, call centres, food preparation, retail, hotel and catering. The worst of the jobs go to immigrant workers.

Those at work have seen wages capped at nil or stagnate for eight years and more, has not and will not, rise enough in the coming years.

To help “hard working families” the Tories increased the “threshold” below which the citizen pays tax now to £11,500 (£221.00 a week) reducing the tax take not only from the bottom 20p basic but the (middle classes) 40p top rate level.

Pensioners incomes are/have been cut through changes to the formula for annual increases by replacing RPI with CPI. Second and graduated pensions cut to 1%, Pensioners Savings Credits cut (None if a pensioners after April 2016). Interest on saving yield next to nothing.

The “rich” though have had cuts in taxation and through their accountants knowledge of the way to do it without cheating. By cheating the super rich pay little or tax at all.

The balance of payments now relies on the City and and tourism rather than production and industrial goods. The stock marketeers or the weather Britain’s two great areas of unpredictability!

The lack of government funds to finance public services is the problem but instead of the measures increase revenues by creating wealth and thus taxes the Tories cut services and reinforcing poverty. Nero did better.!