Sign the petition – Blair must be held to account

20 August 2016

Well, clearly not that many people feel it’s important enough to haul the sociopath and war criminal Tony Blair into court for his crimes against humanity, as almost a month later and the count is now only around 16,800 people. A depressing reflection on our times don’t you think?

A new petition has been launched to bolster the campaign to hold Tony Blair to account by obtaining a House of Commons’ vote holding him in contempt of Parliament. Get 10,000 then Parliament has to respond (no response so far). Get 100,000 signatures and they have to debate it in Parliament.

Seven days in June By William Bowles

30 June 2016

[A lightly edited version of this was published in the latest issue of Coldtype, available here as a pdf]

It’s very rare that you see the ruling elite totally at a loss for words: but they were. Gobsmacked and stunned would be accurate descriptions of the look on the political class’s collective face on the morning of June 24, 2016.

It’s the corporate/state media that effectively calls the shots when it comes to national decision-making in the UK these days, so most people assumed that the Remainers would win the previous day’s vote on whether or not the country should remain in Europe. The pre-voting propaganda was so solidly devoted to the “immigration problem,” that nobody considered the implications of actually exiting from the EU should the Brexiters win the vote. In fact, it just added to the confusion, the results of which are all too apparent now, with pro and anti at each other’s throats. And all of it, engineered.
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The fallacy, and the failure of reformism By William Bowles

27 June 2016

So I turn on the TV and up comes a BBC reporter, and the first words I hear are, “but the word that comes to mind regarding Mr Corbyn’s performance on campaigning to remain in the EU, is lacklustre…that’s what everybody is saying”. The reporter went on to blame Corbyn for the result because he didn’t campaign hard enough to Remain.

And yes, for once the BBC reporter is absolutely correct, Corbyn was, well less than lacklustre I’d say but the guy was caught between a rock and a hard place and surrounded by enemies within his own camp (thankfully all departed now). He would have had to stand up and be counted but I don’t think he has what it takes and we have to ask the question why? Why didn’t he appeal directly to those who elected him, the ‘forgotten ones’, the bottom 30% that the ‘good life’ in the EU has not only passed by but ripped them off for the past forty years. The ones who voted for Corbyn but who ironically also tipped the balance in the Referendum vote. Had Corbyn followed through and supported Brexit, I think the winning percentage would have been even higher.

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Aprés la Deluge By William Bowles

25 June 2016

It’s not nice being called a Nazi, racist, xenophobe but that’s what has been and no doubt, still is, happening to me and others who think like me. It’s the direct result of the propaganda campaign the state and the corporate media have run with since the beginning in making immigration the central theme of the In/Out campaigns (see for example: ‘Bigotry was the bait for #VoteLeave, now it is our youth who will suffer most’).

Confusion reigns!

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The Tory chickens come home to roost By William Bowles

24 June 2016

Ask yourself this: Why has immigration been made the pole around which, this entire referendum ‘debate’, has revolved? Why has the closet Nazi Nigel Farage of UKIP been given so much airtime?

Could it be the masses, hammering at the doors of Fortress Europe after we, that is the US-EU-NATO axis of pure barbarism, destroyed their countries, have something to do with it?

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Charles Mingus with Eric Dolphy ‘Peggy’s Blue Skylight’


21 June 2016 — Jazz on the Tube

I’ve broken my rule here as I was going to confine music videos and such to my other site, but why? Filmed by Belgium TV on April 19, 1964. Mingus arranged a tour of northern Europe in the late spring and early summer of 1964 and it seems almost everywhere they went TV producers embraced them. Tragically, this was to be Dolphy’s last tour. He died in Berlin just two months after this performance.

Personnel: Charles Mingus – bass; Eric Dolphy – sax, bass clarinet and flute; Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Jaki Byard – piano; Dannie Richmond – drums; Johnny Coles – trumpet

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A further update

22 April 2016

My previous note was a little premature. Yes, I have added and gone through all the essays but I’ve not checked everyone for links and so forth and searching through each essay and checking links and typos (not that they’re bad necessarily but they may send you to the wrong Website!) is  incredibly tedious and a long-winded process and I get bored easily. But it’s all here and in relatively good shape at long last.