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Showing posts with label Diana. Show all posts

Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Crusader and The Knave


CHAOS + DISORDER

SOLVE ET COAGULAR

Through him [Melko] has pain and misery been made in the clash of overwhelming musics; and with confusion of sound have cruelty, and ravening, and darknes, loathly mire and all putrescence of thought and thing, foul mists and violent flame, cold without mercy, been born, and death without hope. Yet is this through him an not by him; and he shall see, and ye all likewise, and even shall those beings, who must now dwell among his evil and endure through Melko misery and sorrow, terror and wickedness, declare in the end that it redoundeth only to my great glory, and doth but make the theme more worth the hearing, Life more worth the living, and the World so much the more wonderful and marvellous, that of all the deeds of Iluvatar it shall be alled his mightiest and is loveliest. 

(p.55, emphasis mine)

Batman's entire existence, Bruce Wayne's whole life is predicated upon the absolute and strict (delusional) adhearance to his OWN Code of Law - The Law in Gotham ("The System") does not function, and so he defines his own law, applies it, and uses the application of his Law to bring Outlaws Within The System.

He sees himself as a necessary and essential bridging function between the limits and the shortcomings, and the weakness born of corruption of The Law of The System, and he sees him Self and defines his boundaries and moral code as existing only in the space between Expectation and Results.

He's like Captain Picard - he orientates his personality around a fixed point, marking a boundary beyond which (he tells himself) he may never cross and still be True to his cause and his Mission and not stray into the very realm of corruption that forced the need for his existence in the first place - The Line in the Sand, THIS Far, and No Further.

Beyond that Line, I stop being me, and this stops being what I was put here on this Earth to do.

And he BELIEVES THAT..!!! That's hilarious..!!!

How many times in the average week, in the course of his nightly assaults, does he beat a man half to death without so much as a second thought, and leave them bleeding and broken in a filthy alleyway, propped up against a grimy, piss-reek wall, WITHOUT calling them an ambulance...? Three, four time per week...? At the minimum, I would say.

Now - on an average spread of probable outcomes, all else being equal, how many times in a row, consecutively, would you have to beat a man half to death and leave him lying in a gutter without receiving any first aid or medical attention of any kind before one of them develops complications, or bleeds out internally, or suffers a fatal brain haemorrhage as a direct consequence of the sound beating he just took...?

I would guesstimate two or three at the very most.

And Batman, is the one that they say is the SANE one...?!




SARAH: 
What are you waiting for? 

DOCTOR: 
Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished. 

Have I that right? 

SARAH: 
To destroy the Daleks? You can't doubt it. 

DOCTOR: 
Well, I do. 

You see, some things could be better with the Daleks. 


Many future worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks. 

SARAH: 
But it isn't like that...!

DOCTOR: 
But the final responsibility is mine - and mine alone. 

Listen, if someone who knew The Future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives - could you then kill that child..? 


SARAH: 
...we're talking about the Daleks, the most evil creatures ever invented. 

You must destroy them. 

You must complete your mission for the Time Lords. 


DOCTOR: 
Do I have the right? 

Simply touch one wire against the other and that's it. 

The Daleks cease to exist. 

Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word 'Dalek'. 


SARAH: 
Then why wait? If it was a disease or some sort of bacteria you were destroying, you wouldn't hesitate. 

DOCTOR: 
But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent lifeform - then I become like Them. 

I'd be no better than the Daleks. 

SARAH: 
Think of all the suffering there'll be if you don't do it. 

GHARMAN: 
Doctor! Doctor, I've been looking everywhere for you. Davros has agreed to our terms. 

HARRY: 
He submitted? 

GHARMAN: 
He did, but he asked only one thing. That he might be allowed to address a meeting of all the Elite, scientific and military. 

DOCTOR: 
He's going to put a case?

GHARMAN: 
Yes, but a vote will be taken. It's a foregone conclusion. There'll be a complete landslide against any further development of the Daleks. 

We've won. 


DOCTOR: 
I'm grateful to you, Gharman. 

More grateful than I can tell you...

******

SARAH: 
You don't seem too disappointed - We've failed, haven't we? 


DOCTOR :
Failed? No, not really. 
You see, I know that although the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also that out of their Evil must come something Good.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Accession : Glory to You and Your House



GOWRON: 
Enough! I don't want to hear anything more about finances, mergers, or currency transactions!
The charge has been made that you have used money to bring down a Great House. 
What do you say to this, D'Ghor? 


 "A Klingon regards the honor of his or her family to be valuable, above all else. The family name can be besmirched by any member of the family, regardless of age or infirmity. A Klingon would sooner kill himself and his closer brother than live with a mark on the name of his ancestral lineage. The family is all, and a member of the family is responsible for the actions of his kin. The oldest son of a Klingon warrior may be called upon to give his life for the actions of his father." 




Never A Plan Like Yours To Study History So Wisely

Never Play, Letting Your Trousers Slip Half-Way

Neighbours Persuaded Lovely Yvonne To Shut Her Window

(Norman, Angevin, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Windsor (or Wettin).

As the Houses of Lancaster and York were really branches of the House of Plantagenet, the first mnemonic can be simplified to 

No Plan To Study History Wisely

In addition, The House of Windsor was a branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which in turn is a branch of the House of Wettin, thus keeping the mnemonic.

Or, to go for the full package, the mnemonic can be extended to 

No Plan Like Yours To Study Our Saxon History So Wisely

Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Orange, Stuart, Hanover, Saxe-Coburg, Windsor.

 "I started thinking about [...] Houses, and sort of, you know, the idea of bonding people to a Klingon House [....] The idea of bloodlines and families and sort of this Shakespearian idea of how the Klingon Empire ran – I was starting to, sort of, deal with that in this episode."

"We've never explored the hows and whys regarding the naming of Klingon Houses. The House of Mogh reference was probably something that Worf carried on out of respect for his deceased father. This might be the right of a son – to perpetuate a single name for the House instead of supplanting it with his own."

"I think I used the word 'House' in my draft [of 'The Bonding'], even though it's not in the episode." 


Ronald D. "Klingon-Guy" Moore
(The Bonding" audio commentary, TNG Season 3 Blu-ray) 





(On the Klingon homeworld, on a slightly shabby couch, Quark is hypo'd awake) 

QUARK: 
What? What happened? Where am I? 

TUMEK: (ancient family retainer) 
You are on Qo'noS. 

QUARK: 
Qo'noS? The Klingon homeworld. 

TUMEK: 
You are in the ancestral home of what used to be known as the House of Kozak. 

QUARK: 
What's it called now? 

TUMEK: 
Kozak died without a male heir. The House no longer has a name. 

QUARK: 
What about Kozak's brother, D'Ghor? 

TUMEK: 
That pahtk's name is not spoken in this house. 
He is no brother to Kozak. 
His family has been a sworn enemy of this House for 7 generations. 

QUARK: 
But he came to DS9. He told me... 

TUMEK: 
What he told you were lies. He wanted you to say that Kozak had died in honourable combat so that no special dispensation would be granted. 

QUARK: 
I don't understand. 

TUMEK: 
If Kozak had died in an accident and left no male heir, the Council might have decided that this was an unusual situation and granted special dispensation. 

That might have allowed Grilka to become Head of the Family even though she's a woman. 

But if Kozak died in an honourable fight, and was simply defeated by a better opponent, then no dispensation would have been granted, and without a male heir the House will fall. 

GRILKA: 
That hasn't happened yet, Tumek, and there is still time to prevent it from ever happening. 

(She offers a robe to Quark.

GRILKA: 
Put this on. 

QUARK: 
Why? 

GRILKA: 
Because if you do not, I will kill you. 

TUMEK: 
I beg you, consider what you do here, mistress. 

GRILKA: 
The decision is made. There is no other choice. 

(Quark struggles into the robe and Grilka takes his hand.) 

GRILKA: 
Go'Eveh lu cha wabeh. Mo ka re'Chos. 

TUMEK: 
Repeat my words Go'Eveh lu cha wabeh. To va re'Luk. 

QUARK: 
Let me ask just one 

(Grilka puts a knife to Quark's throat

GRILKA:
 Repeat the words. 

QUARK: 
Go'Eveh lu cha wabeh to va re'Luk. 

TUMEK: 
Ghos ma'lu Kah! 

(Grilka kisses Quark, then spits.

TUMEK: 
It is done. 

QUARK: 
What's done? 


TUMEK: 
The ceremony is complete. You are husband and wife.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Best Enemies




"In addition, as he's going to be teaching politics, I've told him he's welcome to teach any of the great socialist thinkers, provided he makes it clear that they were wrong." 

They all stand up. 

Australia, Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you. Amen! 

     Pull back to reveal the knee belongs to First Bruce, an Australian in full Australian outback gear. We briefly hear a record of 'Waltzing Mathilda'. He is sitting in a very hot, slightly dusty room with low wicker chairs, a table in the middle, big centre fan, and old fridge.

Second Bruce     Goodday, Bruce!


First Bruce     Oh, Hello Bruce!


Third Bruce     How are yer Bruce?
 

First Bruce     Bit crook, Bruce.

Second Bruce     Where's Bruce?
 

First Bruce     He's not here, Bruce.
 

Third Bruce     Blimey, s'hot in here, Bruce.
 

First Bruce     S'hot enough to boil a monkey's bum!
 

Second Bruce     That's a strange expression, Bruce.
 

First Bruce     Well Bruce, I heard the Prime Minister use it. S'hot enough to boil a monkey's bum in 'ere, your Majesty,' he said and she smiled quietly to herself.
 

Third Bruce     She's a good Sheila, Bruce and not at all stuck up.

Second Bruce     Ah, here comes the Bossfella now! - how are you, Bruce?
 

    Enter fourth Bruce with English person, Michael
 

Fourth Bruce     G'day, Bruce, Hello Bruce, how are you, Bruce? Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce a chap from pommie land... who'll be joining us this year here in the Philosophy Department of the University of Woolamaloo.
 

All     G'day.

Fourth Bruce     Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce. Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce. Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce.
 

First Bruce     Is your name not Bruce, then?

Michael     No, it's Michael.
 

Second Bruce     That's going to cause a little confusion.
 

Third Bruce     Mind if we call you 'Bruce' to keep it clear?

Fourth Bruce     Well, Gentlemen, I think we'd better start the meeting. Before we start, though, I'll ask the padre for a prayer.

    First Bruce snaps a plastic dog-collar round his neck. They all lower their heads.

First Bruce     Oh Lord, we beseech thee, have mercy on our faculty, Amen!!

All     Amen!

Fourth Bruce     Crack the tubes, right! (Third Bruce starts opening beer cans) Er, Bruce, I now call upon you to welcome Mr. Baldwin to the Philosophy Department.

Second Bruce     I'd like to welcome the pommy bastard to God's own earth, and I'd like to remind him that we don't like stuck-up sticky-beaks here.

All     Hear, hear! Well spoken, Bruce!

Fourth Bruce     Now, Bruce teaches classical philosophy, Bruce teaches Haegelian philosophy, and Bruce here teaches logical positivism, and is also in charge of the sheepdip.

Third Bruce     What's does new Bruce teach?

Fourth Bruce     New Bruce will be teaching political science - Machiavelli, Bentham, Locke, Hobbes, Sutcliffe, Bradman, Lindwall, Miller, Hassett, and Benet.

Second Bruce     Those are cricketers, Bruce!

Fourth Bruce     Oh, spit!

Third Bruce     Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

Fourth Bruce     In addition, as he's going to be teaching politics, I've told him he's welcome to teach any of the great socialist thinkers, provided he makes it clear that they were wrong.

    They all stand up.

All     Australia, Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you. Amen!

    They sit down.

Fourth Bruce     Any questions?

Second Bruce     New Bruce - are you a pooftah?

Fourth Bruce     Are you a pooftah?

Michael     No!

Fourth Bruce     No right, well gentlemen, I'll just remind you of the faculty rules: 

Rule one - no pooftahs. 

Rule two, no member of the faculty is to maltreat the Abbos in any way whatsoever - if there's anybody watching. 

Rule three - no pooftahs. 

Rule four - I don't want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out. 

Rule five - no pooftahs. 

Rule six - there is no rule six! 

Rule seven - no pooftahs. That concludes the reading of the rules, Bruce.

First Bruce     This here's the wattle - the emblem of our land. You can stick it in a bottle or you can hold it in your hand.

All     Amen!

Fourth Bruce     Gentlemen, at six o'clock I want every man-Bruce of you in the Sydney Harbour Bridge room to take a glass of sherry with the flying philosopher, Bruce, and I call upon you, padre, to close the meeting with a prayer.

First Bruce     Oh Lord, we beseech thee etc. etc. etc., Amen.

All     Amen!

First Bruce     Right, let's get some Sheilas.

    An Aborigine servant bursts in with an enormous tray full of enormous steaks.

Fourth Bruce     OK.

Second Bruce     Ah, elevenses.

Third Bruce     This should tide us over 'til lunchtime.






The 10 most appalling statements by Western leaders praising Fidel Castro

FILE -- Fidel Castro meets with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 10, 2012.
FILE -- Fidel Castro meets with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 10, 2012.  (AP)

Editor's note: The following column originally appeared on AEIdeas.org, the blog of the teAmerican Enterprise Institute. 
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Fidel Castro was a murderous tyrant who summarily executed dissidents and turned the entire island of Cuba into a tropical gulag. According to the Black Book of Communism – a groundbreaking effort by a group of French scholars to document the human toll of Communism in the 20th century — “From 1959 through the late 1990s more than 100,000 Cubans experienced life in one of [Castro’s] camps, prisons, or open-regime sites. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people were shot.”
But no matter such minor details of history. A panoply of Western leaders who ought to know better have been heaping praise on the dead dictator since his passing this weekend.
Here are the 10 most appalling examples:
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, former President of Cuba. An emblematic figure of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro was prominent in Latin America and influential in world affairs. As Prime Minister, President, Commander of the Cuban Armed Forces and First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, his role at the helm of Cuba spanned nearly 50 years, during which he left a major imprint on his country and on global politics.

President Fidel Castro will be remembered for his leadership of the Cuban revolution and for advances in Cuba in the fields of education, literacy and health. His revolutionary ideals left few indifferent. He was a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly and international and regional forums. The Secretary-General vividly recalls meeting him during a visit to Cuba in January 2014, and was impressed by the former President’s passion and lively engagement on a wide range of issues.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of the former President, particularly to President Raul Castro.

The Secretary-General hopes Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform, greater prosperity and human rights. At this time of national mourning, he offers the support of the United Nations to work alongside the Cuban people.

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. … Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs. As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization — restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past — we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples. The United States reaffirms its support for deepening our engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.
“I regret the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban revolution and emblematic symbol of the 20th century.”
We remember fondly our visits with [Castro] in Cuba and his love of his country.

Pope Francis sent a telegram to Raúl Castro, writing, “Upon receiving the sad news of the passing of your beloved brother, the honorable Fidel Castro Ruz, former president of the state council and the government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sadness to your excellency and all family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as the government and the people in that beloved nation.”
“At the same time,” the pope’s telegram continued, “I offer my prayers for his eternal rest, and I entrust the Cuban people to the maternal intercession of Our Lady of La Caridad del Cobre, patroness of that country.”

“We need to stop and pause and mourn his loss,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said in a phone interview. When she learned the news, Lee said, “I was very sad for the Cuban people. “He led a revolution in Cuba that led social improvements for his people.” In her eight meetings with Castro over the years, Lee said, she found him to be “a smart man. A historian. He wanted normal relations with the United States but not at the expense of the accomplishments of the revolution.”

Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many. For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.


These democratic leaders should be particularly ashamed to find themselves echoing the praise some of the world’s most brutal despots and mass murderers have heaped on Castro. Consider the company they are keeping:

Chinese President Xi Jinping also sent a telegram to Cuba on Saturday, mourning the loss of a “dear comrade and true friend” of the Chinese people who made “immortal contributions to the development of socialism around the world.” China’s official Xinhua News Agency eulogized a man who “resisted the American superpower for half a century” with the headline: “Old Soldiers Never Die.”

President al-Assad said that the “great” leader Fidel Castro efficiently led the struggle of his country and people against imperialism and hegemony for decades, and that his steadfastness has become an example and an inspiration for leaders and peoples everywhere in the world. “Our friend Cuba was able under his leadership to stand its ground in the face of the most ferocious of sanctions and unfair campaigns witnessed in our modern history,” said the President, adding that Cuba has thus become a beacon for the liberation of the peoples of the South American countries and others around the world. “The name Fidel Castro will live forever in the minds of generations and remain an inspiration for all the peoples who aspire to achieve real independence and liberation from the yoke of colonialism and hegemony,” the President said.

Though he passed away, the precious feats he performed will remain forever in the hearts of the peoples of our two countries and the hearts of progressive mankind.”
I express conviction that the revolutionary Cuban people would overcome the pain they suffer from the loss of their distinguished leader and certainly build the prospering ideal society of the people and achieve the victory of the socialist cause under the wise leadership of you, Comrade Raul Castro Ruz, true to the lifetime intention of Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz.”

Vladimir Putin:
I offer my deepest condolences to you and the entire Cuban nation over the death of your brother, the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro. The name of this remarkable statesman is rightfully viewed as a symbol of a whole era in modern history. Free and independent Cuba built by him and his fellow revolutionaries has become an influential member of the international community and serves as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples. Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made a tremendous personal contribution to the establishment and progress of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic partnership in all areas. This strong and wise man always looked into the future with confidence. He embodied the high ideals of a politician, citizen and patriot who wholeheartedly believed in the cause, to which he devoted his life. Russians will always cherish his memory in their hearts. In this mournful hour, I ask you to pass on my words of sympathy and support to all members of your family. I wish you courage and tenacity as you face this irreparable loss.
Here’s some advice for Trudeau and company – when your statements are indistinguishable from those of Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un, maybe it’s time for a little introspection.

Marc Thiessen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he studies and writes about American presidential leadership and counterterrorism. He also writes about general US foreign and defense policy issues and contributes to the AEIdeas blog. A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Before joining the Bush administration, Thiessen spent more than six years as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC). A weekly columnist for The Washington Post, Thiessen is also a contributor to Fox News, appearing several nights a week on “The Kelly File.” His book on the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation program, “Courting Disaster” (Regnery Press, 2010), is a New York Times bestseller. Thiessen is also the coauthor, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, of “Unintimidated” (Sentinel, 2013). Thiessen has done postgraduate studies at the Naval War College and has a B.A. from Vassar College

Friday, 16 June 2017

That Velma is a Clever Girl

That Velma is a Clever Girl

No, Not That Velma...

...or That Velma, either...

...or That One (Though She is.)



Upon their arrival in London, Steve Trevor and Princess Diana are seen to cross a street with a direct line of sight down it to St. Paul's Cathedral. 

Although no such street exists, it's a green-screen creation, the present post-Great Fire of London St. Paul's designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is built over the site of the ruins of the old, Medieval St.Pauls. This mediaeval St. Paul's was built over an even earlier (or probably several), Anglo-Saxon "Dark Age" or Romano-British Churches of which nothing is now known, other than the fact that prior to re-consecration as a Christian Church, the site (at the highest point in the City) was originally a pagan temple dedicated to the Goddess Diana, Mistress of the Hunt, Protector of Widows, Orphans and Wronged-Women, at the time of the first founding of the settlement that became London.

A full account of the foundational myth of London (and Britain) by Brutus of Troy and refugees from the Fall of Troy, including a detailed account of the dedication of the City, and the consecration of the hilltop to the worship of Diana, along with a personal appearance by The Goddess at that time is to be found in the text of the Brut Tyssilo.

And that's all I have to say about that. - watch the movie.



How come every time you come around
My London London Bridge wanna go down like
London London London, wanna go down like
London London London, we goin' down like

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Accession : Ralph I





PLENTY O'TOOLE :
Just a few quick questions...to probe your knowledge of English history.

RALPH I:
Fine.

PLENTY O'TOOLE :
When she failedto give him a son, Henry Vlll had Anne Boleyn...

RALPH I :
Look into adoption?



RALPH I :
What is it that a king does all day?

PLENTY O'TOOLE :
Scarcely a minute of your day is unaccounted for
.
Nevertheless, what you do is not as important...as what you are.

RALPH I :
What am I?

PLENTY O'TOOLE :
To be the King of England...is a responsibility like no other on Earth.

You must become a symbol...of all that is best about England.

An embodiment of our history, our culture, our morality, our pride of achievement.

In short, our Ideal of Civilization.

You must, in the harsh light of public scrutiny, exhibit all of our virtues and none of our shortcomings.

RALPH I :
I thought all I was supposed to do... was dress up and wave.
I don't even know what our virtues are.

PLENTY O'TOOLE :
You will learn soon enough.

I'm afraid it's a god's burden to bear.

Unfortunately, it must be borne by a Man.



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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Paul Foot - Ten things everyone should know about the Labour Party


Paul Foot

Ten things everyone should know
about the Labour Party

(October 1994)


From Socialist ReviewNo. 179, October 1994, p. 9.
Copyright © 1994 Socialist Review
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  1. Labour, which is linked to organised workers, is better at any time than the Tories, who are linked to organised capital.
     
  2. ‘Without struggle there is no progress’: everything worth winning by the workers and the dispossessed has to be fought for.
     
  3. The less Labour fights the Tories, the less it is likely to beat them at the polls or anywhere else.
     
  4. The more Labour compromises and prevaricates, the more the fighting spirit of the people who vote Labour is dampened.
     
  5. The more that fighting spirit is dampened, the stronger and more confident grow employers, racialists and reactionaries of every description.
     
  6. The power of the elected parliament is all the time frustrated by the power of the undemocratic banks, corporations, judges and the media.
     
  7. The more a Labour government tries to be fair to the banks, corporations, judges or media, the more it becomes their captive.
     
  8. The more it becomes their captive, the more it attacks the people who vote Labour, thus ensuring a Labour defeat next time.
     
  9. This vicious circle is written into the history of the whole century. Clement Attlee and Harold Wilson couldn’t avoid it. There’s no chance that Blair and Co, further to the right even than Attlee and Wilson, will avoid it either.
     
  10. (Conclusion) Vote Labour, but keep up the fight down below to build the resistance into a force which is strong enough to dictate to the undemocratic elite at the top of society – and put an end to their interminable dictatorship.