I grew up in a single-parent household, my mother was staunchly left-wing, and it helped in the formation of my early political awareness that my absent father was staunchly right-wing; so the demonisation of anything to do with the 'right' was fixed in my mind from a very early age.
I also (I think rightly), saw that the policies of the Tory party, as I grew up, were divisive and they were not in favour of the ordinary working man; they were about perpetuating a status quo with a ruling elite dictating our social policy, a 'them and us' scenario that was never going to liberate mankind from the kind of slavery my grandfather rebelled against when he, along with millions of his fellow working men, was tricked into fighting a horrendous war of attrition against a perceived threat that resulted in the deaths of millions upon millions and the beginnings of a new world order in global politics and the carving up of many former sovereign nations.
However, as I grew up, I was also aware of the uncomfortable feeling that the politicians of the so-called left were not exactly acting in the interests of the people in the way that I felt was genuine and righteous either. There seemed to be so much compromise, so many u-turns in policy, and so much blatant collusion with the banking cartels and the major corporations. There were changes for the better under the left-wing governments, tangible changes that seemed good to me, for example the creation of the welfare state, worker's rights, women's rights, and so on. And to me, the dawn of the Thatcher era was a the beginning of a nightmare from which we still have not recovered. Her vindictive policies against ordinary working people, the dismantling of publicly-owned utilities that were passed into the hands of a minority with no public accountability, the destruction of communities under the fake aegis of progress, in order to roll out a neo-liberal consumerist agenda - all these were and are crimes against our humanity and the sovereignty of communities and individuals rights. And how ironic that it should be so, when she claimed she was doing the opposite.
But the scales really began to fall from my eyes with the rise to power of Tony Blair. I saw John Smith, the previous leader of the Labour Party, as an essentially good man. An ethical man with the genuine interests of ordinary people at heart. But suddenly this grasping, gimlet-eyed lawyer appeared in the Labour party, a man from a privileged background, who wanted to change things, for the better he said, and get the Labour party back into power. Within a year of Blair's rise to prominence in the party, John Smith was dead from a sudden heart attack, and Blair was crowned leader, with the ominous blessing of Murdoch and the Bilderberg group. In my gut, I had a bad feeling about this, and an instinctive mistrust of this glad-handing, glib-mouthed smooth-operator Tony Blair. It was hard to accept these feelings, because I so desperately wanted to see the hegemony of the Tory party ended. And so we saw Blair come to power in the 1997 elections on a wave of popular sentiment against the vicious Tories, voting instead for a New Labour, that was going to reverse the social evils of Thatcherism and bring back peace and prosperity for all.
Even though I didn't trust Blair, little did I expect just how right my gut feelings were. To my horror, under a Labour government, I saw an erosion of human rights even worse than under Thatcher. I saw a government ignore the will of its people and take our country into an illegal war, for no purpose of defending ourselves or our sovereignty, but purely and simply to further the hegemony of a global elite, a banking and corporate cartel, that used bloodshed as its capital and had one goal in mind: to roll out a franchise of domination under the fake guise of free-market capitalism. This was not free-market capitalism, any more than Thatcher's capitalism was free-market capitalism: this was monopoly capitalism, with all the stakes rigged and all power accruing to the minority.
Under Blair and Brown I saw the divide between rich and poor grow ever wider. I saw the divisive economic policies of Thatcher lauded and increased. I saw the ability of people to speak out freely constrained by ever more insidious laws and propaganda under the aegis of anti-racism or sexism or political correctness: in other words the denial of the right to freedom of speech by a manipulation of the popular will through a demonisation of individuals and groups who were not allied to the New Labour, so-called multi-cultural, big society agenda. And at the same time, I saw the creation of a new enemy: the Islamic terrorist. A perfect double-whammy of not having any right to speak about the sudden wave of Muslim immigration because it was 'racist', and yet having instilled within us the image of a nameless, faceless, Muslim terrorist threat, which in order to deal with, ever more draconian laws had to introduced to 'protect us'. And then I saw these so-called anti-terrorist laws being used against ordinary people who were protesting rightfully and peacefully against major corporations, against the destruction of the environment or the trampling of human rights. It was a nightmare scenario, it was an Orwellian vision come to pass, and yet it was all wrapped up in a glossy feel-good 21st century marketing exercise called New Labour.
And then I saw Gordon Brown bail out the banks. Even then, for a moment, I thought that this 'big government' move was right, because it was about keeping our society and the markets stable. Very soon, I realised how wrong I was.
From this point, I realised I had been conned, and to my initial horror, I realised that many of the people and ideas that had been demonised, namely those of Libertarians, were in fact much closer to my natural sense of right and justice than anything the so-called left-wing were offering. Indeed, the so-called left was pushing us towards ever further integration with a totalitarian European vision, the Eurozone, with the destruction of the sovereignty of individual nations through an enforced economic hegemony that I could tell was wrong, and knew was potentially disastrous. Today, I don't think anyone can be in doubt just how disastrous this enforced economic integration has been.
As I started to investigate further into the true history of recent times, and the powers that lay behind the political machinations of the 20th and 21st centuries, I began to see that the true story was very different to the one that we were being told and sold. I began to see that in reality, there was in fact almost no difference, other than a cosmetic difference, between the governments of left and right. I saw that there had been genuine philanthropists and altruists on both sides of the spectrum, but that ultimately, these people were always side-lined, or accomodated, or co-opted or demonised. There were changes in policy, there were improvements in people's living conditions, but at the same time there always seemed to be a sinister and subtle price to be paid for these advances. What was given with one hand, was taken away with the other. And somehow the thing that seemed to always diminish was freedom.
And what a terrible and horrific irony that is. For our fathers and grandfathers, our mothers and grandmothers had fought side by side against the Fascist menace of Hitler, for the freedom of humanity. And many of my forebears had fought the establishment for workers rights, for human dignity, for the end of slavery, for justice and peace and opportunity for all, for free education and healthcare and decent housing... All these things so recently won, now being threatened again, by an even more insidious and nameless menace, the erosion of our rights to freely gather, to freely express, to self-determine, to determine our own economic affairs. No sooner had we won these rights, than they are being eroded! No sooner had we won economic freedom and equality than we were being forced to bail out a corrupt banking cartel and forced into austerity measures to support the hegemony of an elite order, with the destruction and dismantling of so much that had been fought for under the aegis of paying off the 'national debt'.And all that people have earned continually taken away again through excessive taxation and inflation.
And yet still we go to war. Even though there is 'no money', we still support massive military presence in other, apparently sovereign nations, we still fund so-called freedom fighters and revolutionaries, who were but recently called terrorists, and may still be so called again. We are still involved in the toppling of other regimes, in cahoots with the banking cartel of America, whilst ignoring the crushing of human rights that that institution is presiding over. Guantanamo. The FDAA, that gives the US president the 'right' to order the arrest of any citizen, anywhere, without right to fair trail or representation. The authorisation of the use of drones against ordinary people. The list goes on and on.
I have discovered that all of this has been planned.
Here is a very eloquent presentation of that plan. It does not cover everything by any means, and it raises plenty of issues, but I urge you to watch this, and then let's start a debate about what's really going on and what we can do about it.
This may well open your eyes like never before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAdu0N1-tvU
The hyperlink doesn't seem to work, so I'll try it in a different font/size: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAdu0N1-tvU
..it won't work for me under this site's formatting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAdu0N1-tvU
was a good man. This is a great video so far. I'll watch the rest at work tomorrow.
wasn't General Francisco Franco by any chance..I've noticed you like going to Spain?
will travel thousands of miles (kilometres) to get what they need.
required viewing for anyone who is interested in freedom.
"left wing and right wing are just different wings on the same ugly bird"...
for posting the link, as you're aware I share broadly similar views to this chap and am quite familiar with his writings. I am amused to note that you now have seven green arrows...only you know who says one thing and votes another.
that our incumbent President is not only a 'Constitutional' Lawyer(?), but the same man who in his election campaign expressed his desire to recruit a National Security Force, larger than the US military and just as well funded. He cited that he could not rely on the military to achieve the objectives he / we had set. Many of us were deeply disturbed by this.
I finished watching the video yesterday and have passed it on to a few people who I know would be interested. There's a good chance it will start to circulate. I was also disturbed, and I think I mentioned this before, when I noticed that the once called Traffic Wardens in Hertford were now Civil Enforcment Officers. Creepy.
However did we progress from trading partners with the rest of Europe to now being ruled by them? I can't remember being asked, can you? I have a problem with mass immigration, I just don't like it, but why when I mention this I am called a bigot? Why am I branded a racist when I voice my dislike of large muslim communities taking over parts of Britain? .
We have lost the right to express an opinion in case we offend someome. No one has the right not to be offended. it's just a way of keeping us quiet, as is political correctness, whilst we are slowly embraced b by the New World Order. Any ideas what we can do about it or are most people not bothered?
By the way, anyone heard how Ben is progressing? I hope he's perking up.
If you made your case about immigration without primarily using the hate-mongering Daily Mail as your source material, people could more easily enter into a reasonable debate with you. The demonising of muslims by the Mail and racist groups like the EDL distracts from serious debate, divides communities, ulitimately fuels their radicalisation and overlooks a few simple facts - probably the most salient being that most Muslims in the UK are British. I don't seriously think anyone posting here really thinks you are a bigot anyway, but responding to Dail Mail scare stories tends to elicit that sort of response.