Thursday, 25 August 2011

They Just Can't Stop Themselves

Former Home Secretary Jacui Smith is under fire for using two prisoners as skivvys in her home.
  The pair were supposed to be doing community work, but Ms Smith - who's expenses bill famously included her husbands porn and even an 88p bath plug - smelt a deal and had them painting awy. An inquiry is underway - BBC link.
  Clearly missing the point of community work (ie clearing out the gardens of elderly and infirm people), Ms Smith said on LBC: 'Well, just to set, I hope, the record a little bit straight, these are guys that were working with a local community organisation. They do a whole range of odd jobs and working in the local community.'
  If only New 'Labour' had had the same same eye for a deal... maybe we wouldn't be stretched to breaking point right now.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Riots - What You Can Do To Help

Anarchists have been fingered as the main trouble-causers of the ongoing London riots, which have now spread to other British cities.  But many would dispute the easy come mainstream media speculation.
  A disaffected generation seem to be the main impetus, and their anger has been turned inwards, upon their own community.  Anyone who knows anarchists knows that the last people in their sights is the local community.
  So what can be done?
  Well, if you're in an affected area, organise - get to know if there are elderly and infirm people in the neighbouring buildings, find out their needs.  Get people to keep a bath of water and a bucket handy, to fight fires.  Cut down on travel to shops, especially at night.  Keep in communication with friends and neighbours... is it worth brealking into that blazing building only to find the Joneses are on holiday?
  Keep a grab bag by the bed - passports, deeds, qualifications, heirlooms, cash.
  Keep a pair of trainers by the bed as well - racing across broken glass ain't good.
  Stay tuned in, don't drink whilst this shit is happening - you may need to have your wits about you.
  Keep your mobile charged up and topped up.
  So - got yourself sorted?  Now look at the community.  Elderly and infirm, families with small children... maybe you can pop to the shops instead of them.
  Swat up on first aid - use the internet to do so. Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance are my recommendations.
  Lastly - get out there and do what you can.  I'm writing this with my riot kit on, about to step outside.  And tonight, for once... I'll be helping the police if they need it.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Kettle-makers Calling the Pot Black

From the Met's weekly Griffin Report, a counter-terrorism summary for security managers and the like around London:
'Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local Police.' - link.
  A tad rich, to say the least.
Journey's End; Dachau oven
  'Police have been shown to support regimes of any stripe, from Stalinist to Nazi and everything in-between.  Acting as proxies for the Nazis, police in Europe rounded up Jews in WW2, and thugs in police uniform have been unquestioningly 'only obeying orders' since Universal Human Rights legislation was formulated after the Second World War.  In many states police are synonymous with repression.
  Any information relating to police should be reported to your local human rights lawyers.'
  Neil Jackson's Blog, August 2011