‘People across the country will be taking part in a different kind of protest – on the day of the state opening of Parliament.
May 27 will be the first National Switch Off Day, when thousands of people have already pledged to stop using gas and electricity, and stop shopping in non-local shops for 24 hours.
Organised by a varied group of campaigners, this will be the first in a series of multi-issue actions that will take place once a month. Reasons for taking part range from keeping the NHS public and tackling issues like overpriced parking in hospitals, to stopping benefit cuts, to issues affecting vulnerable people and their carers such as the cold weather benefits to the elderly, to keeping the Human Rights Act, to stopping fracking – and mostly that all members of the general public get a voice in matters that concern them.’
We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton
‘David Cameron’s former chief strategist has launched a stinging attack on the ‘insular ruling class’ threatening Britain’s democracy.
Steve Hilton said too many of those at the heart of government go to the same dinner parties and send their children to the same schools.
He said the UK’s political system is now in ‘crisis’ because the same type of people stay in charge whatever the outcome of the elections.
In what will be seen as a criticism of the ‘chumocracy’ of his former boss, Mr Hilton warned: ‘Our democracies are increasingly captured by a ruling class that seeks to perpetuate its privileges.
‘Regardless of who’s in office, the same people are in power.’
‘Anarchris explains why he chooses Anarchy (no rulers) over the force of Government. Hint: Because he doesn’t agree with mass murder.’
‘Police will be forced to adopt a “paramilitary” style of enforcement if the government inflicts big budget cuts on them, the head of the police officers’ organisation has warned.
Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, said his 123,000 members, from police constables to inspectors, fear a move towards a more violent style of policing as they try to keep law and order with even fewer officers than now.
White told the Guardian that more cuts would be devastating: “You get a style of policing where the first options are teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon, which are the last options in the UK.”’
‘Police were called to a primary school after a nine-year-old boy was caught using a ruler as a pretend sword in a playground game of ‘knights and dragons’.
Teachers have been accused of overreacting after asking officers to speak to Kyron Bradley, who waved the ruler around as he played with two friends at St George’s Bickley CE Primary School, in Bromley, south London.
The youngster’s mother Natasha Bradley said she burst into tears after hearing police were being called over a ‘stupid game’.’
Street Democracy writes:
With a crushing force of militarised policing, peaceful innately decent people joining together to protest against sour governmental principles, have to be prepared for instantaneous dark durance of violent clashes with police and spontaneous arrests.
With blind obedience demanded everywhere, with dignity no longer sacred, we witness ruling elites oppress us in every step building up tensions that will bring a summer of civil disruption for sure.
The dispossess cannot reign and the Tory government like banded thieves are stealing freedoms away from the poor in the name of economic sanctions.
Our Tory ‘iron fist’s of blue’ are a lot of things, but ‘stupid’ isn’t one of them. They know protesting is coming and they want to criminalise all protesters and reign in police domination.
An absolute catastrophic shattering of street life democracy.
The weaponisation of the State, the criminalisation of the poor, the protester, anyone critical of government is legalised tyranny and we must not stand the stance of toleration.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.
Street Democracy writes:
We’re being ‘forcibly severed’ from main stream opinion, all political avenues and society to stand in splendid isolation.
We watch a ‘ferocious silencing’ of voice and reason to satisfy ruling elites whose fanatic commitment towards making vindictive policies of oppression to disempower us.
Protesters met with frownful scorn, by a militarised policing who seem, frantically enraged by the protesters presence to critique and peacefully demonstrate their civil rights.
Our political and corporate superiors however, fear this and is the reason why are police are militarised, in order to annihilate ordinary strength met within the streets of democracy.
We are convulsed by indescribable frustration as we listen to the Tory elites intellect of pure ‘sounds of insanity’ aswell as a sense of ravenous fear of the public. So they hide behind an ever impending police state.
Displayed as evil in print, policies to deliberately herd and suppress, forces protesters into uniting as innately decent people should against tyrants.
Yet, this is deemed criminal, by over zealous police dressed for civil war, people have to be brave now to protest.
We’re met by a commanding language of force by a fierce presentation, expedition and an evil confrontation, while our voices and point of being are taken over with self-protection of police brutality.
It is a forced intimacy of unapologetic methods to destroy critical thinking with fear. A warrantless invasion into the lives with a legal mass rampage to destroy people power in one hit.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy
Now read Morning Star:
Mass arrests and violence reported as police respond to first demonstrations against the new government
POLICE violence and mass arrests marked the first weekend of the new Tory government as thousands of young people took to the streets to voice their anger over further austerity measures.
Despite having been called just days before Thursday’s elections, the Fuck the Tory Government protest saw over 2,000 people march on Downing Street.
But the peaceful protest turned sour when, after three hours of causing havoc with central London’s traffic, protesters and police clashed on Whitehall in scenes reminiscent of the 2010 student movement.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that 15 people had been arrested, with several protesters reporting excessive use of violence by the police.
LSE student Daphne Wikken said: “I have never experienced such extreme force of police violence. “My legs are bruised everywhere and I cut my arm.
For more click here: Anti-Tory protesters are met with police violence
The European Union has drawn up plans for military attacks in Libya to try to curb the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean by targeting the trafficking networks. It is to launch a bid on Monday to secure a UN mandate for armed action in Libya’s territorial waters.
Britain is drafting the UN security council resolution that would authorise the mission, said senior officials in Brussels. It would come under Italian command, have the participation of around 10 EU countries, including Britain, France, Spain, and Italy, and could also drag in Nato although there are no plans for initial alliance involvement.
On Monday, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s chief foreign and security policy coordinator, is to brief the UN security council in New York on the plans for a “chapter seven” resolution authorising the use of force. The British draft is believed to call for the “use of all means to destroy the business model of the traffickers”.
Street Democracy writes:
Political leaders are ‘figures of fiends’ legally trespassing over our human rights with the wilful arrogance they hold over us, that they can, should and will scrap them.
The soulless suits of blue vicious jaws, vaunt allowed to manipulate the controlled manufactured terrorism the oligarchs game of chess has unleashed upon societies. To bully us into submission with emotional blackmail of ‘terrorists’, ‘death, murder’ and ‘lock them up but can’t as they’re saturated with ‘human rights’.
They want our human rights annihilated so they can control us with draconian rules with militarised police state mechanisms to protect their masters and save themselves from societal rebellion.
The awaken to this scam already know.
It’s the sleepy public who are more dangerous now.
Our oligarchical leaders are radically anti-democratic and see the working class as a serving class, all education based upon servitude rather than free thinking abstract minds.
The clues are a militarised society, Big Brother, Big Pharma and a medical police state, less freedom is everywhere you turn.
Draconian rules, with a ceaseless expansion of a ‘Hunger Game Society’ with community rules turning society into one ‘giant open air detention centre’.
To imprison ourselves further, eradicates our freedoms further. We cannot allow manufactured bullies whether elites or rogues upon our streets take our freedoms. By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy
Michael Gove, the new justice secretary, is to press ahead with plans to scrap the Human Rights Act which could see Britain pull out of the European convention on human rights (ECHR) if the reforms are rejected by Strasbourg.
Conservative party sources said that Gove, who was promoted to the post even though he has previously voiced his support for capital punishment, will implement human rights reforms that had been blocked in the coalition by the Liberal Democrats.
The scrapping of the human rights act, a pledge included in the Tory manifesto, is one of the measures to be included in the prime minister’s plans for the first 100 days, when the Queen’s speech is delivered on 27 May.
The plans, which would see the human rights act replaced by a British bill of rights, would mean that the European court of human rights would no longer be binding over the UK’s supreme court. The ECHR would also no longer be able to order a change to UK law although British citizens would still be entitled to appeal to the Strasbourg-based court.
Gove is making clear that, free from the constraints of the coalition, he will implement in full the plans drawn up last year by his predecessor, Chris Grayling. Under those plans, Britain would withdraw from the ECHR if the Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog that upholds the convention, rejects the proposals. The Council of Europe is separate from the EU.
By Chris Hedges
It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The wealthy can crush anyone who does not play by their rules. And the political elites—slobbering over the spoils provided by their corporate masters for selling us out—understand the game. Barack and Michelle Obama, as did the Clintons, will acquire many millions of dollars once they leave the White House. And your elected representative in the House or Senate, if not a multimillionaire already, will be one as soon as he or she retires from government and is handed seats on corporate boards or positions in lobbying firms. We do not live in a democracy. We live in a political system that has legalized bribery, exclusively serves corporate power and is awash in propaganda and lies.
If you want change you can believe in, destroy the system. And changing the system does not mean collaborating with it as Bernie Sanders is doing by playing by the cooked rules of the Democratic Party. Profound social and political transformation is acknowledged in legislatures and courts but never initiated there. Radical change always comes from below. As long as our gaze is turned upward to the powerful, as long as we invest hope in reforming the system of corporate power, we will remain enslaved. There may be good people within the system—Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are examples—but that is not the point. It is the system that is rotten. It must be replaced.
“The only way you can get the parties’ attention is if you take votes away from them,” Ralph Nader told me by phone. “So,” he said of Sanders, “How serious is he? He makes Clinton a better phony candidate. She is going to have to agree with him on a number of things. She is going to have to be more anti-Wall Street to fend him off and neutralize him. We know it is bullshit. She will betray us once she becomes president. He is making her more likely to win. And by April he is done. Then he fades away.”