“Land Of The Free And Home Of The Brave.”

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her bafflement at the United State’s inability to change their gun laws after so many mass shootings. While speaking with CNN, Christiane Amanpour asked whether other countries might learn from New Zealand’s swift overhaul of their gun laws after a lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch. ‘Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws’, Ardern replied. ‘New Zealand had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States’. Ardern maintained New Zealand has a practical need for guns in certain circumstance but New Zealanders were in complete agreement with the changes her government made. ‘You can draw a line and say that that does not mean that you need access to military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. You do not’”<1>

“Land Of The Hypocrites And Home Of The AR-15 Assault Rifle.”

<1> “‘I do not understand the United States’: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern on US gun laws” The Guardian, May 15th 2019

U.K. Citizens Disenfranchised By Their Own Government

 

It’s difficult to obtain statistics on just how many UK citizens live abroad, but 2017 figures estimated around 4.6 million throughout the world. Of these, 1.3 million reside in the European Union.

Under UK law any citizen who has resided outside the country more than fifteen years loses their right to vote in UK general or local elections, or referendums.

It’s impossible to know just how many British citizens have been disenfranchised by this ugly rule, but even by conservative estimates the figure must be in the millions. Certainly sufficient to have put the 2016 EU referendum into serious doubt, had most of them voted to remain.

In their manifesto of 2014-15 the Tories agreed, if they were voted into power, to repeal the act brought in by the previous Labour government of Blair/Brown, but to date they’ve failed to do so. There was a half-hearted attempt earlier this year, if a Private Members Bill had been allowed to proceed. Although it had government backing, it failed because of a loathsome, disgusting, apology for a man whose resumé reads like that of the Roman Emperor Caligula:

Philip Davies is his name. He’s a Tory, but would likely be more at home in the US Congress as a far-right Republican Trump supporter, rather then on the back benches in the UK House of Commons.

Davies loves the sound of his own voice, which wouldn’t be so bad if he spouted anything worthwhile. He uses the filibuster frequently to block bills that would otherwise have become law. Davies’s interventionism in political dialogue is so common and so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit listing here. Check the links below for further information.

Suffice to say, when after three years of promises the government finally allowed a Private Members Bill to kill the legislation denying non-resident citizens the vote after fifteen years, Davies filibustered it until it ran out of time. Needless to say, this repulsive character is an ardent Brexiteer determined to prevent any increase in those who might vote to remain, in the event of a second referendum.

Davies is divorced, but is shacking up with this woman…

…Esther McVey, the Tory MP for Tatton  in Cheshire. McVey has just thrown her hat into the Tory leadership ring as a possible successor to Theresa May. She, like Davies, is an ardent Brexiteer and quite prepared to drag Britain out of the EU without any deal in place.

The EU referendum of 2016 was always rife with corruption and dark dealings. Is it sheer nationalism that drives these people? Do they still think Britannia rules the waves; that they still own the Indian sub-continent, and can claim back America as colonies once loose from the EU chains that bind them?

Or, is there a more personal interest in the success of Brexit? Perhaps it’s time the British people began asking just what these ardent Brexiteers really stand to gain, should they succeed in casting their country adrift from Europe, and the lengths they’ll go to ensure success – even to the extent of preventing nearly four million of their nation’s citizens from voting should a second referendum become a realistic option.

“Tories pledge to give vote back to all expats” ~ The Telegraph, September 1st 2014

“He killed the bill: Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote” ~ April 9th 2019, Dr Sue Collard, University of Sussex.

“Esther McVey joins undeclared Tory leadership race” ~ The Scotsman, May 9th 2019

And just two of many reports on the antisocial actions of Philip Davies MP:

“Here are some of the bills Tory MP Philip Davies has filibustered” ~ The Independent, December 16th 2016

“Is Philip Davies fit to be an MP?” ~ The Guardian, February 2nd 2017

 

 

Calling Out Zuckerberg & Co…

For more than a year now I’ve been following the devious and tangled web of criminality and dark money that’s been at the heart of this monster the British created, “BREXIT.” There is no doubt that BREXIT would never have happened without the clever technological assistance of Facebook and other nefarious companies that make up Silicon Valley.

Thanks to one woman, Carole Cadwalladr of the Guardian and Observer newspapers, the black dealings involving these companies, and the likes of Cambridge Analytica in the UK, and its obscure sister company in Canada, AggregateIQ, finally came out into the light. This, despite an almost total blackout on the story by most major media companies, including the BBC.

In April this year Cadwalladr took to the stage of TED, an organization she describes as “the belly of the Silicon Valley beast.”

“I did take the reporting that we have been publishing in the Observer over the past two and a half years, I did condense it into a 15-minute talk, and I did deliver it on the TED main stage directly to the people I described as “the Gods of Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey”. The founders of Facebook and Google – who were sponsoring the conference – and the co-founder of Twitter – who was speaking at it.

I did tell them that they had facilitated multiple crimes in the EU referendum. That as things stood, I didn’t think it was possible to have free and fair elections ever again. That liberal democracy was broken. And they had broke it.”

“For more than a year, the Observer writer [Carole Cadwalladr] has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next?[1]



Read Carole Cadwalladr’s own story in the Guardian:

[1] “My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair” Guardian, April 27th 2019

You’ll be glad you did.