Votes!!

The lack of coordination sometimes is the most frustrating thing. The amount of man-hours, amazing amounts of effort and ingenuity and more than anything commitment and love, put into all these things … but for want of a bit of coordination, planning, the impact is lost. Hundreds of Brexitometers tweeted at an MP. Why not the whole fucking press? Over and over? The amount of anger and frustration generated and then expended in our own online worlds, created by and vented back at bots and trolls because no-one’s bothered to learn how to spot them. I come across a new group on Twitter putting up 10 candidates as a remain party, a group I’ve never heard of, with the promise of ‘change’ by delivering ‘remain’. It’s a fucking contradiction in terms, even if all your MEPs got elected you’re a fraction of a fraction, no-one knows who you are you’re just draining remain votes from others. Is that your fucking point?

Saturday in Doug Shields backyard, J’s put together a brilliant quiz about the EU elections – but doesn’t know the answers. We’re there to get people to sign up to vote – no-one knows the fucking website even to register. Predictably I get wound up by this freakishly stupid but determined woman who conflates democracy with criminality, but gets jacked by the idea of Europeans doubling their votes here and abroad, that’s the kind of corruption that upsets her. And we should respect Trump. And that if Labour had won by one vote we’d be quiet (it wasn’t Labour, it was Leave/Remain). She voted remain, she said, but proferred a shitblizzard, I was close to asking if she had Alzheimers. Remain my arse, another of these creepy village types that just talk shit with confident aggression.

In 2014 hundreds of thousands of EU citz were denied the vote in the European elections because they were unaware they have to fill in another form declaring they’re solely voting here and not there. This situation has not changed, compounded by the very late start of the EU election campaigns and our involvement in them (might all end tomorrow anyway), councils being tardy, councils being inclined not to cooperate at all … and a lack of knowledge.

It’s up to me to show our own group a brilliant website for EU citz taking them through the process. it’s me that emails / calls / whatsapps / texts / MSG’s / puts on FB / Tweets this info. Does anyone else do this? People reply, ‘it’s OK I’ve signed up’ – yes but I said tell all your fucking EU citz friends to do the same!

And I can’t direct message it on FB or Twitter because it’s all taken as spam.

‘Shall we do a voter drive on the university campuses?’ Shit, why the hell not? It’s not like we’ve only got one fucking week. How many vigils have we had in the nexus of the campuses at all?

‘Get out the vote!’ The Americans are so much better at this.

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Votes!

Several hundred thousand EU citz in the UK couldn’t vote in the 2014 European elections, might have been as many as 700k, due to the two-step process involved, not the same as for the local elections, and at this very late hour there is something like 0.03% of them already signed up by 7 May. This could be as huge a loss as it could a win, for Farright’s 2014 ‘win’ (debate what ‘win’ means in a PR system, when he barely beat the Tories and Labour) would have been lost by that number of votes and then some.

Not that councils have done much to apprise them of this. Deliberate, or just late day apathy? I’d say both, depending on the hue of the council.

Funny thing about Nigel, he has sought seven times to be an MP, and has been rebuffed every time. British voters are, however, more than prepared to send him to Europe, the place he hates. Why doesn’t he take the fucking hint? Also the cunt said he was coming out of ‘semi retirement’ to fight the 2019 election. The fucking arsehole is supposed to have been working as an MEP! The audacity of his awful bullshit.

I’ve been blocked by Gerard BAtten on Twitter, wonderfully enough. But this fucker continues to scrape the barrel, lol!

Otherwise today was a day of toxicity befalling me for all that’s going on. And it is a shame for it was a wonderful Spring day. The woeful gratuity of this:

Although now I remember I was retweeted by Terry Christian, yay!

26 April

Recess is over, May and Corbyn have resumed headbanging over the table. I’ve not seen or heard much from the ERG gang of scumbags but the limelight has been stolen by Farage’s Brexit Party, which has gone all out to deploy a diverse candidate list of ordinary people out to stop democracy being betrayed (that he’s done the most to betray it is lost on them). So we have a Nigerian-born lawyer, an NHS nurse, a Royal Marines officer, among a slew that’s being bled out over several days. He’s canny, give that to him, knows how to get the attention. Not least as rumour has it he’s in league with Matt Grant, head of BBC News, whose daughters are said to be the tartan-skirted grid girls of Leave Means Leave. How bent is that?

Several grotesque spectacles this week in what is a relatively quiet time, otherwise. Three TIG candidates have been embroiled in racism allegations (this is against UKIP, and the BP FFS). The Lib Dems reaching out for a Remain coalition is falling on deaf ears (indeed TIG supposedly wants to suck them dry), the Greens are going it alone, Labour put out a draft manifesto leaflet with no mention of backing a 2nd referendum to great outcry from their MPs and supporters. It seems Corbyn is utterly the thumb of Seamus Milne who is a wholly unreconstructed Communist (unlike the Revoluationary Communist Party lot who took a step to the right to become Spiked Online et al – real bastards). On that, Bellend O-No led the way in having an ad hominem crack at Greta Thunberg, saying her monotone voice was chilling. That she is speaking in a second language and has Aspergers’ was not lost on him, he later claimed, saying he was obviously concerned for her exploitation. Lying fucking wanker. Anyway he was in a vanguard of Brexiters who are also climate change deniers, but do so by ad hominem attacks. Toby Young was fazed by Greta’s mum being a well-known singer in Sweden, this made Greta ‘privileged’

We also had the funeral of Lyra McKee, attended by all teh leading politicians, none of whom could bring themselves to stand up amid the ovation when the priest asked aloud why it took the death of a young woman to remind everyoen of how fragile peace in NI is. Natch, Bellend O’No is furious that the very idea of a threat to peace in NI is any reason not to press ahead with the hard Brexit no-one voted for, as it’s giving in to terror. This is from the bloke who does so much to rant about ‘they’ve declared war on democracy’ and incite people to violence in case their apparent ‘vote’ to break a peace treaty is denied them.

Other bellends to the fore included John Rhys-Davies on BBCQT having a hypoglaecemic misogynistic meltdown at Caroline Lucas (funnily enough it was Helen Dale (who she??) who sought for Greta to have a meltdown …)

What else? Lord Adonis has done a real volte face with a FB post telling us to vote Labour as its Brexit deal is a good one – shock all round, worst for giving Piers Morwank something to crow about.

AND Tommy Robinson is standing as an independent candidate in NW England. Weird that this UKIP affiliate does so, the anti-paedo candidate (Asian paedos natch) while there’s this middle-eastern monikered Sargon of Akkad debating whether 11 year-olds are up for it.

The only plausible explanation for all this utter fucking insanity is we are at war, and it’s not going to end any time soon.

PS the 1922 Committee deliberated over changing its own rules to have another vote on May, while a fourth WA vote is stinking the place out. The hypocrisy is bottomless.

 

18 April

18 April 2019

There’s a lot of angst amid the Remainers as their vote is split so many ways. Meanwhile there’s no direction from on-high, we continue to do what we do because that’s all we know, doing something, but it’s a colossal resource that’s being put to waste amid all this, for want of direction, and Farage’s gang of bastards are now at 27% in the polls, the leading party. But I think … ok, again, the YouGov poll is based on previous voters’ reporting, and can be beat by a large turnout. Are the universities et al on to it? or will there be a big turnout by the gamers who follow the UKIP youtubers, Carl Benjamin and Count DAnkula? I’ve tussled on Twitter with followers of the former, turning up in his suit like the accused for the press conference at which he told Sky ‘100% deal with it’ in regard to his rape ‘joke’. What a bellend. Question is, ‘who would you rape?’ if he won’t rape Phillips? Her response was his career from here on in will be thus defined. So … ha. Someone said it was in response to her dismissing male suicide, but I don’t believe that, or even if true it’s an atrocious response by any standard. Such is UKIP …

A lovely sunny day around town, I went to the library for an exhibition on Scotland after the war, all these hats, and everyone staring at the camera. So uch song and dance in the schools, everyone turns out for a new putting green, everyone packs out the Highland games which have sack races and knocking each other off a pole stuff as well, it’s hilarious. everyone was out doing stuff it seems, there was nothing other than the community at large, al very Oor WUllie or the Broons. And all gone, all dead, all so another era. Yet all so familiar too, the clothing, the people, among them as children, pre-teens would have been my grandparents. In fact Grandpa would have been a young man already.

And yet for all the joys of sorts for just being alive, only 17 years later it’d have been another inferno like the world had never seen.

On the stall, I gave out 100s of stickers. Manda and her husband Steve were up from Dartford, we’d met on the barricades at SODEM months before, and they’d come up and strayed into us, she said she saw so many little groups like ours all over place, and it was lovely to see her again. She said she’d been down at Putney Bridge with Pedro, holding great cardboard pineapple slices over the bridge, someone else a del Monte pineapple tin at the gammons below. Then they were in the B2B taxi and an open bus that provoked real ire from the gammons, they horded the bus, someone aboard was worried in case they actually got on thesevles but Manda said they’d just kick them in the head on the stairs, and the anger, and abuse she said, from old women as well, she wanted a mirror to show to them, relfection against hteir projection. Her husband was quite sanguine saying neither Labour nor the Tories could pass the WA and that only left a PV whatever happens. Manda agreed with me it’s all very up and down – shit, what’s her FB moniker? She’s going to Lisbon too, she was in Berlin, with Pedro. I’m of course still banned.

There were aboutr 30 beeps in favour of us, one ranty man asking about unemployment, another shouting ‘we had a vote!’ but mostly all very positive, one Belgian woman said to me she was ‘I’m sorry for you’ when I said I was English. Manda said a friend had come back from 5 weeks in NZ, shockecd, ‘how the world sees us, they are laughing at us.’

In other news we may lose Gibraltar to Spain (I think this has been on the cards for a while) in any agreement and this is added to Ireland and Scotland. Nice one Nigel.

It’s very easy to be patriotic, yho’ure born and then you get a flag, it’s a very low qualification threshold. That and fascists like uniformity and authoritarianism because they’re simple, no debate. And they’re so thin skinned because their greatest point of note is their incompetence, for which tye’ll be heaped with derision by those even more appalled by the arrogance and the hagiographising, so they spend all their energies on silencing dissent instead of fixing their own shit. Fuckwits..

Had a go at LDJones, he’s the pits. ‘remoaners, Corbyn, losers, look at these unemployment figures!’ all he seeks to do is divide. Just like the rest of the fuckers.

Gawd ..

Saturday

We had another of the excellent boxing evening at the city hall, good variety of a line up in age, size and skill. Niki won, which was good, Chris lost and I was surprised he didn’t use his considerable, fast, accurate jab (he was injured), while Ross and Kyle had a belter of a fight, which Ross won much to Kyle’s dismay, great dismay. This may have been Kyle’s first loss, and he said afterwards he gave it his all in the first round and by the third he was conked, hinting there was a sense of overwhelm by panic in his strategy, whereas Ross, 10 years his senior, said he’d maxed out on fitness – and it paid off. HE even stunned Kyle halfway through the third, while in the second there was a tense point where Kyle was told off for holding, but as Clive ordered them to break, Ross chinned him.

The night before I was in London and ran into a friend who follows me online, loves what I do re campaigning. He’s always more than welcome to join in. Why don’t more them do so? I do it in part to lead from the front. What does it take to follow? It’s fun. It’s a release. It shows you care enough to join in. This is how democracy dies, it’s assaulted from without but collapses due to the rot of negligence and apathy from within. It’s not like I even do that much … remember Peter’s apathy, Stacey’s disdain, Ravi and Duncan’s enthusiasm but not much more, Jerry not even knowing the subplots.

On that point, Carole CAdwalladr is now up for a Pulitzer prize. In another time the prize would be linked to how her work stopped this travesty and even brought down a government. now it’s a sideshow for devotees of truth, whereas the post-truth bandwagon driven by the far-right only gathers momentum.

There was a lovely moment in SODEm the week before when a chap came up and saw my sticker and said ‘we had a people’s vote, who do you think it was that voted?’ to which Y just said, ‘ok don’t worry, you won, be happy!’, baffling him enough to make him leave without another word. It was very funny, but showed the paucity of our side in sloganing, because he was right. We’re put on the back foot by our own fucking slogans. ‘leave means leave’, ‘enemies of democracy’, ‘take back control’, these are the slogans of the other side, ‘we survived WWII’, and they are very effective, sometimes for their stupidity. but they work!

Monday

Camping in Edinburgh, feeling like a brefugee. Bloody Jesus did I need to get out of the city.

I’ve cleared out to Edinburgh, ended up in a Wetherspoons, against my wont as I don’t like to frequent Nazi beerhalls, but didn’t bring any EU merch! Silly me.

As the HoC is in recess, so is SODEm. We’ve got six months, which Tusk advises, ‘don’t waste the time,’ so of course they all go on holiday for two weeks, then it’s summer holidays, then conference season, with the local elections and European elections in the meantime. As has been pointed out there is no way on Earth may can arrange her deal to get through. we’ve now also got Peter Oborne and Nick Ferrari coming out and saying this is just bollocks, we should stop it. Corbyn’s meanwhile in on some retreat for teenagers. Zanadue Rees mogg has emerged as another candidate for the God awful Brexit party, because she’s not part of the elite apparently, as a stockbroker who’s the sister of Rees mogg and lives in Blenheim Palace, she’s … furious about Brexit and the betrayal of the 17.4 m and al this stoke, stoke, stoke stuff. utter shit that’s going to get someone killed.

The 17.4 m with which we’re all being bludgeoned. Democracy means to these people ‘you agree with us, whatever the fuck that is.’ And they’ve conflated that with patriotism. Whereas previously a call to regard the national interest might have been a unifying move, this lot have cornered it and anyone who disagrees with them now is an ‘enemy’. This is the very hideous noise with which these utter bastards are going to fill the silence of the recess. It was said that this pause is a mistake and I can see why. And this is in part what’s behind Lammy going on marr to back up his comparison between the ERG and the Nazis. He boldly, emphatically, refused to back down and indeed made his case, against JRm, Johnson, the lot of them. Farage has got the front-page of the Express in the most explicitly cultish patriotic front cover, while Batten, who he’s disowned (although there’s a theory it’s just a front), has been on marr as well – the BBC doing a great job giving a platform the far-right at every opportunity – describing a tweet by one of his new UKIP candidates, Sordon of Akkad (?) saying ‘I wouldn’t rape you’ to Jess Philips, as satire.

Satire.

There is an incredible resource about the alt-right, Rational Wiki, and this is a vast, dark world I’ve never plumbed. There’s so much about the UK that Brexit has unveiled, as well as the EU, and the world, from this global alt-right stuff, to the Orange order sectarianism in Scotland, to the seething evil of the new Tories, to these guys, Akkad (sp!) and the other guy Count Dankula, who is really … boring. a bit of a nob, taught his dog to do the Hitler salute when told ‘gas the jews’ – really? Is that funny? Then spent 2 years fretting about going to prison – true, if the case had to be brought to court it should have been done much sooner – and so he becomes a free speech advocate (always these guys who are so into free speech seek to abuse it such!) and joins UKIP! While claiming not to have a  right-wing bone in his body. Is he a liar or just naïve?

The problem is not just that these guys could become MEPs , but … as youtubers with milliions of devotees, …. the 2016 referendum, Leave’s master stroke that blindsided everyone was its armies of bots, trolls, the data mining, targeted ads on social Media, the memes. This time we have millions of young Gamergate types brought as a weapon to the UKIP party by these guys, angry at the EU for this copyright bill that they’ve conflated copyright protection with censorship, and are capable as bots, trolls, hackers and by doxxing, of causing serious harassment. And because they’re angry they’ll do it for free, and they’ll be vile, and it’ll be untraceable by moey and so on. suppression by intimidation. A lot of decent people could be in a lot of trouble.

And on the ground … JS went to a ‘town hall’ meet in Bishop Awks, ‘a shitshow’, a setup by the Brexit chair, no Labour, a room full of gammon demanding No Deal and claiming that’s what they all voted for, shouting down the Lib Dem, ‘ no experts’, asserting WTO is fine, that it doesn’t matter to them if not because their business doesn’t export (so what’s the fucking point, why do they care at all?). I on the other hand am frazzled and have bene banned from FB for 30 days for caling a gammon a cunt, as he told Pedro to hgo back to Portugal. And my Tommeh profile’s been closed down completely.

These are unhappy, scary times. very scary times. a nice thing was James got a card and £40 to fix the graffiti on his van, saying he had courage doing what he’s doing with his EU flag et al. and as I’ve said, the service we do on the stalls is when people come to us with glee to do the Brexitometers and the petition because they have a voice at last, we’re there to listen to them.

We’re in a climate of fear. we have been for a long, long time, and Farage is firing it all up all over again, now with the backing of Tice, the BBC<all these other bastards.

Mid April, 35 days fro the EU elections. A letter to EU citizens reminding them they can vote was eschewed by a Tory who thinks it weird they should be reminded of this. as if reminding people of their rights is undemocratic. Fuck this place to Hell.

Wednesday

Nerves are jangling. Today I thought for the times that I think, ‘don’t just stand there, get one up!’ and even say it, often to people who are pleased and impressed as it were with what’s going on but don’t do owt themselves. Now I feel like the chap holding the cup of tea. The bombs are falling. Brexit Party is in the ascendant, people aboard like JRm’s fucking sister (who the hell??) with her gobbing about ‘I’m appalled because democracy has been betrayed’. This is supposedly a reason (on Twitter) that people are going to vote for the Brexit Party even if they don’t agree with it, this is how mad it has got. The most corrupted vote of decades … fetishized.

Farage said of a second referendum, ‘what if this happened in Africa? They’d send in the UN!’ Lammy was on it, in Kenya the vote was corrupted, by Cambridge Analytica, and they reran the election because of it after scores had died. He is a dude. I sent him a postcard.

Got new boots and two new jackets (Oxfam new, new to me). the Brexit Party is top of the polls while the Remain lot squabble among themselves – the greens are supposedly the stopping point for compromise, as they have only got far in the EU elections unlike elsewhere due to the EU’s PR system – ironically this is why UKIP ever did well compared with Westminster and FPTP because the EU’s actually more democratic … however. This BP lead is  based on YouGov’s own signed up punters and by that those who’ve previously voted, which they did in 2015 quite strongly UKIP, so it’s inherently biased, while the other parties haven’t started their campaigns yet, so it’s not what it seems. This had to be told to a lovely woman I met today at the E vigil, who was despondent, as was I. I think it’s as much a rerun of the downtie at Christmas recess when a lot of people went mad amid the inactivity, meanwhile we have these EU elections coming … which, now BP is leading, is being billed by them as another referendum by proxy and ‘how much do the PV lot not like a 2nd ref when they’re behind?’ which is disingenuous. It’s not a PV!

A very nice group though, the E vigil lot, and we got a lot of a good vibe off people we gave stickers to, telling htem to register to vote. I told aGreek woman she still had time to register, she thought it was too late, I said that was for the local elections, … why don’t these people know this? on that there was some MP complaining that EU citz were being reminded to vote and there was a second step to take to register. Some people don’t like democracy ….

A chap in a Norway top came up and said Norway was happy. I asked if he wanted EFTA, he said yes. then I said the Norway model and he said he wanted No Deal was in the 2016 ref, I said it wasn’t, but Norway was, but then he asked why the EU was so good, I said FoM, he said we were overrun, too small an island, see it compared with Africa (that’s a non comparison) then he pointed down Prince’s St at the crowds of tourists on Easter Holiday and said ‘do you want it all like this?’ I said this was simply not going to happen, me blindsided by this torrent of odd stuff, unable to point out that EFTA has FoM as part of it, but he was gone by then, happy with Norway and No Deal.

WTF. Ah. George Galloway tweeted he is going to support the BP because the EPLP is full of Europhiles and they’re the Blairite worst while the PLP is also full of fifth columnists, so the best thing is (he is very pro the result of the referendum, no revoke Art 50 or PV) get the BP in, we leave the EU and get Brexit, and then that’ll kill off the fifth-columnists and deliver the Brexit the working class demanded and the Brexit that Corbyn wants, because Corbyn is great. At the same time O Jones tells remainers to vote Labour in the EU elections because (Corbyn is a Brexiter) not voting Labour will simply allow Farage to dominate. Galloway wants Farage to win and so this hard-left man is prepared to back the far-right in order to help elect them to a Mickey Mouse parliament in order to better expunge his own party – oh shit no sorry it’s not even his own party anymore and he doesn’t want to rejoin – of centrists. This is pure Stalinism, making a pact with the Devil. It’s the Pact of Steel. Stalin made a pact with Hitler, upshot being first lots of dead Poles, an empowered Nazi lot that took over Europe, then they attacked the Soviets. Fancy that!

What does George think the far-right will do when so further empowered? What does he think they want out of Brexit?

Is George so cynical he’s actually naive?

Is George just bitter towards Blair, like Farage is to the Tories, like Martin is towards his old teacher?

OF course the real divide in the country isn’t LEave and REmain, this shows it’s LEave that’s split into pathologically opposed camps. So what happens when they get ‘their’ Brexit but find there’s this whole other gang determined to make it THEIR Brexit, and a terrible one at that?

Meanwhile, in the real world, Channel 4 news reports on Banks’ dirty dealings. God help us if this doesn’t make a difference. Again, Brexit PArty soars while the truth gets ever darker.

Some Friday ago

Thursday: Two great conversations were had, one in Dulwich where a woman saw me doing seditious things, and we had an ace, angry rant together outside Tesco (of all places), looked upon by the rich boys of DC who’ll inherit the Earth without lifting a finger, and who seemed to find it all a spectacle. In a few years they’ll be the new wave of entrees into the East India Club. I stood outside there a while waiting for Nigel to come to the DC old boys’ golf society

Pedro called one of them a fat bastard, he whirled around, ‘say that to my face! I lost five stone in six months you bastard!’ . strangely sensitive for a Nazi.

Thursday as I got my beret on at HoC an elderly chap came over, ‘you lot are heroes, and heroines, absolute heroes.’ Which was very nice. A friend from school said so as well today on FB, Ravi Jandyhala, agrees that Nige is an anus, and called me a legend and I had to keep at it! I don’t really know what else to do at this point. It’s very nice to know it makes a difference though to others, it really does.

Fuck me. I was nearly in tears in Wednesday’s vote, the cheers, Pedro saying ‘it was you, well done all of you, be proud! You should all be so proud!’ blimey I couldn’t speak. And yet it wasn’t binding, and yet …

At the HoC at 7, it was all quiet, the vote had already passed. so I fell between all the stools, and ended up next to one, leaning on the railing next to the tall beaky EDL lad as he held one end of the WTO banner (the other end held by the bald squat twat with Himmler glasses who spouted shit ‘the cost of freedom’ while being told of the scores of jobs at stake by one businessman on Wednesday …) . I got chatting to a great guy called Bryn, about what’ll we do if we lose, and he was upbeat. He was something of a professional campaigner, the kind we need, gets into a cause, knows his stuff, and won’t let go. Then a couple of young chaps with a film camera and a skateboard came to talk to us and though we were wary as they weren’t a professional crew as such, they weren’t antagonistic and they let us talk. Whether it ends up somewhere shit with dubbing over it, fuck knows, but they had concerns about FoM and travel, and what’s to be done? Bryn and I were pretty even handed about and they said we’d made the most sense. They’d also spoken with Leavers who were very nice but not made so much sense … lol. When they left the woman next to us asided she’d thought they were dodgy and didn’t want to be typecast as some middle-class snob type, ‘and you know with the skateboard and tattoos I wasn’t sure about them’. I kind of think if they had done what she’d feared they’d have had a point. And yet the two thugs were quiet, too. As if when the cameras turn away we’re back to being … British, polite, realising this cannot matter as much as we make it out to do. but it does. Never be fooled, or forget, this matters. We’ve got real evil playing us all in this.

Tuesday evening I’d been taking photos of the HoC and not realised I was next to two leavers who were … well the bloke was allright, she was aggressive though, asked how I wanted the vote to go, my mind went blank and I said , ‘shit, I can’t think straight’, which she pounced on, ‘you don’t know! You don’t know what you want but you’re here! come on. or are you trying to remember some set piece?’ no, I was trying to take photos. I could have been more frustrated but the chap said there was so much going on he wasn’t sure either which was sweet of him. but this is it, the entrenchment, the suspicion, everyone’s on edge, ready to immediately doubt.

After three evenings in London I got the train back home today. A flotilla of fishing boats came in to make a protest in favour of the EU, but with them came a load of vile angry gammons who abused and threw eggs at the pro-EU protest on Millennium Bridge, the lead chap looking like some deviant messianic figure, waving this ‘book’ about that told him the EU was full of Nazis and we were all Nazis (I wasn’t there but they’re my lot) and shit, his jittery friends gobbing together.

Is this because of the wind-down to March 29, and or because of the vote to delay it? it’s been said for a while that the final days would get heated, and this might be the point we see the tinder hit the powder. There were nearly blows on BBCQT last night as a chap advocated a second referendum and some plant behind him started going ‘we had a vote’ and all that.

A Dutch woman tried to make a point that everyone should calm down and stop cutting each other off, upon which she was cut off by some berk off-camera.

Tomorrow is the start of the pro-Brexit march in Sunderland, led by Farage, who’s so confident of a strong turnout of supporters that he’s keeping the start location secret, known only to signed-up followers at the last minute. No doubt a lot of yellow vests will be bussed in from all around but does he even want them there, considering how he thinks UKIP have become bad ‘uns? On his head be it, though. This is what he started, he stoked. He’s part of the stoking of hate that’s led to this heinous massacre in New Zealand. But of course he’ll deny it, they all do, that’s what they do, stoke stoke stoke stoke and then when they get the reaction they sought, it’s nothing to do with them, they’re the victims, and so on.

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/politics/sunderland-council-chief-tells-organisers-of-nigel-farage-led-march-to-leave-brexit-crusade-not-to-cause-disruption-to-residents-and-traffic-1-9650964?fbclid=IwAR1JKtCjTlBKd4e_997Q8WJ-SHStONWcBT-6R6_6xCnQ4GavphNoWQozAns

They haven’t even told the council where they’re meeting. Bell ends.

Anyway I have to meet my lot at our own venue … what the fuck is going on? Where is this all going?

Dear Lord Lawson,

I read your recent comments calling the threat of “insurrectionary forces”, i.e. terrorism, “understandable” over the perceived frustration of the corrupted 2016 referendum (itself an affront to democracy). Many have already said, the No Deal you advocate raises the great threat of the Troubles returning to Northern Ireland, in which 1,000s were killed and injured, including senior Conservatives at Brighton in 1986. I remember that even if you don’t. Why would you risk a return to that?

Best

Robin Tudge

 

 

A few days already

Saturday: I got into a row with a bloke who says all businesses just want out. this is true in so far as they want clarity, but do they all want out? I don’t think so. He was adamant that the fact that the ref was based on lies and fraud doesn’t matter, and we have to respect the vote, being (deliberately) misinformed into an issue. Quite quickly I found myself hoofing the floor, so to speak, then J intervened, very deftly, and I left them to it, J having very good knowledge of local business so was able to get an angle in. almost like good cop bad cop. Across the road I had a woman come up and say she’d no interest or knowledge of politics, was stupid, uneducated … til it was clear this was a sarcastic ruse and she moved on to call me ‘undemocratic’. Sneaky. I drove back to town with some speed, Shostakovich 8 isn’t conducive to calming you down J.

In Town was a protest by the North East Frontline Patriots, about 30 unhappy people with a St. George’s flag on the plinth, protected by police on horseback (the horses having made their opinions clear on the matter), versus a couple of 100 counter protesters (antifa?). among the neon Nazis, who were calling us all Nazis, was a chap waving the Israeli flag, among these guys and gals – tanned like Trump – some of whom were doing Sieg Heil salutes, I was told. Was this Israeli a very bold young man or was he actually part of the confluence of far-right activities? Israel is apparently a source of funding for Tommy Robinson. NEFP is, it claims, mainly anti-child grooming and paedophilia, and is not racist, not against any religion and so forth, but the veneer is thin and it is really just a magnet for angry people of a far-right orientation who like to prove themselves by having a go at the police, as they did at the end. It always goes like that, at least one of them will get arrested or cautioned, it’s most odd, just like outside the HoC.

I did a live feed of it all on Facebook. My mate James had some middle-aged woman come up and have a go at him about the EU stuff on his van, then when he saw my footage he said he started crying and couldn’t stop. Another friend, in light of smashed windows of her pro-PV MP, has removed the EU flag from her front porch. This is very basic intimidation that’s been going on since the ref, as J put it, it’s the delegitimisation of people’s right to support the EU. He is going to see Ann Marie Trevalyan about her talk of threats of Berwick going up on flames. I found myself outside her office funnily enough and so did a bit of stickering.

Monday the Cooper Letwin bill came back from the Lords, who’d failed to filibuster it to death, their amendments were agreed by MPs and it was given Royal Assent that same night. This means that in the face of there being no deal on Friday – and the Tories and Labour are ‘in talks’ but are really both pissing about, having agreed only that they both hate FoM, but can’t agree even that what else they agree on could be ‘binding’ or if it is, it’d only be with May and she’s heading for the door anyway … we cannot trust a word these people say  … then we’re not facing a no deal Armageddon as May HAS to ask for more time. Already we’re gearing up as if we’re going to be involved in the EU elections in May (elections? To the undemocratic EU??). But today Tuesday, Leadsom is saying aloud she hopes Merkel will move on the backstop. Which bit of ‘the deal is closed’ doesn’t this fucking psycho understand? As Dunt put it, it’s amazing how stupid these people are and how they’ve managed to traduce this country’s standing to sitting in corridors waiting for permission to do things from people who we’d normally have been at least equal to.

Francois wants a second confidence vote in light of new information about May – irony is lost on the pig. He supported May last time, he won, how come he can’t get over it? JRM says great we can get MEPs back in and they can do maximum damage to the EU from within, vetoing this that and the other, denoting how much power we actually have, the bastard,

CSM is in Germany for a month and has said already it’s only since being there she’s realised how much of a toll Brexit has had on her health, and how refreshing it is to be out of the UK that is so viciously toxic and bitter right now. And will be for a long time, I suspect.

The ironies abound. Farage said he wanted to destroy the EU, instead it’s the UK that’s breaking up. the Tories are splintering, even ERG diehards are dumping the ERG, UKIP is split by this Brexit Party shit, the DUP’s lunge for power could see Ireland reunite. This appalling coalition of right-wingers and Puritans deluded themselves and conned us all into believing they’d liberate the UK, make it great again and destroy the EU. In fact, the UK is under threat, those parties are under threat, and the EU is stronger than ever. Who’d have thunk?

We have had May’s fireside chat to us, matched by Farage talking with his pint from the pub. What is this fucking shit? These kinds of threatening videos that bareknuckle boxers post to one another’s traveller families, this is what we’re reduced to.

I’d like to think none of this is having an effect, but it is. This week at SODEM might not be that much fun.

Tuesday.

Most of the day at SODEM, L, Y, N came, and we hung around in the drizzle. Darren Crimes made two flybys, eyes wide darting left and right, this tight smirk on his face. He’s a sinister little shit.

A lovely couple from Lewes. We had quite a few drive-by toots of support, a few shouts of TRAITORS which is an upgrade from LOSERS. The best was as we gathered at 6pm for the shout and this large unhappy bloke lumbered past, ‘WANKERS’ only to be ignored and then blasted with The Shout which he hadn’t anticipated.

I was put up by Mu, a really lovely bloke who lost his job in the City due to Brexit as his bank upped sticks to Frankfurt. He argues these drips of job losses really are only the beginning, It’ll be a trickle and then a stream and so on, so for all the Brexiters efforts to downplay the job losses it’s really just the earliest days. They really are epically awful people. He volunteers on Tuesdays at a homeless soup kitchen, at least 70 or so lined up, ost of them sleep over in Stratford shopping centre although the centre puts the air-con on to move them, and the cash-strapped borough also puts down spikes to stop even sitting down. a lot of Eastern Europeans among the homeless, so if they’ve come to take our jobs and benefits it’s not gone very well. What a line of humanity, poor sods all.

SODEM was quiet though, there were maybe 30 of us all day toing and froing, Ma came, a nice woman from Belgium.

Si said if anyone called her a Nazi then it couldn’t be more offensive, but Nazi is the slur de jour. On the continent however we are, or our more extreme types are seen increasingly as Nazis. The Germans have always had to face their past and live through it, so they’ve deeply internalised the horrors of what their forebears did, whereas the Brits have no such point of reference, in fact everything we do spins out from this idea that we’re the motherland and defenders of democracy. The Irish see it for what it is, they always have.

As long as that belief is unassailed then in effect you can nail anything onto it. And there is a profound, pathological lack of introspection. Hence Mark Francois, the astonishingly despised MP no-one knew of 6 weeks ago, can deand a 2nd confidence vote in May, because the facts have changes, while also making this tub-thumping ‘perfidious Albion’ threat to the EU.

Lovely chat with Irish Peter who skulked into SODEM on March 29, did a surreptitious interview with the BBC, all EU stuff stashed away, hidden beside a tent. He said it was truly terrifying. Why he had to go there I can’t remember but into the sea of yellow he trundled. Mu said he did a similar thing and was warned to stay away anyway just by being south Asian but he had a look, got the vibe and left. He likes to delve deep into UKIP pages, beyond my gobby tussles, and has a lot of screen shots of stuff. I must ask him to send them over. We talked long and loud fro the point we met up, he’s a top geezer, and we ranted throughout NEWsnight, with some SDP MEP blaming everyone for his lack of a plan and all sorts and two Tories with daggers out for one another. Utter shite the lot of them.

May’s on the continent, the days are dwindling, the EU will only give us an extension if presented with a  credible plan (none forthcoming) and even then it’ll be a year. But there’s this quiet before the storm. Why was SODEM so quiet, not even the WTO lot were there, and they’re keen. Yellow vests are bell ends who need their bus fares paid, but none of the usual opponents, not one. All EU flags. is the stage being cleared for the denouement?

On another tack the new pro-EU page we weren’t happy with is not being well managed and has become a magnet for abuse, real sick abuse. Again I should have a look. The page is also a toe-tread and lazily conceived, but this is what’s become of that.

‘Bloody immigrants!’ … ‘I’m an immigrant’, ‘not you the other ones’.

Wednesday.

A beautiful spring day in contrast with the drizzle.

P was very vocal on the way home about the real impact on EU citz here, that they’re leaving, that they hate it, that it’s the really nasty reality of all of this, and it does come back to, again and again, May insisting ‘freedom of movement will end’ and Corbyn apparently backing her up. The depravity of it.

There’s more to this I’m sure …

Thursday: A night at P’s, into town, just us SODEMites (lol), and Max of course, gleefully obnoxious. Lost child. A lost child in a MAGA hat among fools and neo-Nazis who it’s feared will turn on him. I talked of the neon-Nazi I see about who so often his face flashes from scowling to just looking lost with it all, like he’s so unsure why he’s there, doubts creep in. And you wonder, should I talk to him? Some on the front-line do believe that, tea and cake can solve so much. Certainly the hearts campaign is all about that, and so is Tusk. … it can’t be all uncoordinated. Like May in Brussels, in as EU blue an outfit as Merkel herself … hm…

But our friends are still in peril.