Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"The best short stories in eternity"

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQ71BO6
The Stories from The Mirror of Eternity and from The SS Dagger brought together in one volume. Better value for money for the best short stories in eternity :)

Click here to try before you buy


The other two books have therefore been "unpublished" to use the strange jargon of Amazon. I do not want someone buying both The SS Dagger and Stories from the Mirror of Eternity and then complaining "hang on I've already read some of these!"
























"We are many, they are few. They have the tanks, what can we do?"

Two covers for the Miranda Revolution (book due out later this year)



Friday, September 26, 2014

Noble 524 - the charge of the armchair brigade.

524 is a comfortable parliamentary majority. They are comfortable to send people off to their deaths but are the noble 524 sending their own children off to die or other people's?

All the arms merchants will be rubbing their hands in glee at this disgraceful decision. Turning blood into cash is how they make their living.

Cameron and his canaille of millionaires imagine that this bloody war will help them to win an election as the Falklands helped the blessed Margaret Thatcher.

They have a "coalition of the willing" in the region including Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's rich elite are fighting a war against extreme religious persecution and a regime which beheads people. And I am the Queen of Sheba.

The role of the Labour Traitors is beneath contempt. And frankly who cares what the Liberal Democrats think any more?

We need a party of the working class.

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The union Cameron does not want to keep

Just a little reminder in pictures
 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NUT the next generation

NUT - TNG. I spent a couple of hours in Bognor today recruiting student-teachers. This is a good activity for a retired teacher and I can thoroughly recommend it. The next generation are questioners. They want to know which union is right for them and which union's policies accord with their view of education.
They are encouraged to join all the unions - it's free after all - and then make their minds up to join the NUT :)

The ATL were there and I talked to them about the time when we had a joint strike rally with ATL in Worthing. We are stronger together if we are taking action. The same goes for the NASUWT.

I had to be polite to "Voice" the artists formerly known as "PAT" the strike-breaking conspiracy. The first line of their leaflet was enough for a long discussion which I bit my lip and avoided.

It read, "The non-striking union in education. We believe in the power of negotiation, never resorting to industrial action."

The recent victory at Hove Park School involved the power of negotiation. And that power was backed up with strike action when appropriate. "Voice" can hardly claim to have been of the slightest use to that successful campaign.

The removal of Michael Gove was an example of the power of joint industrial action which it would be wise to remember. One minute Govey was saying "this strike will achieve nothing" and the next minute he was out on his ear.

To hold talks without being prepared to exercise your democratic right to strike is like negotiating with both hands tied behind you back. The employers will simply laugh at you.

The other problem with the "non-striking union" is that they boast of not being affiliated to the TUC. So they are not even a union. However on the plus side whenever the Daily Telegraph wants a quote from a union, they can be guaranteed to quote "Voice." That does not sound very independent to me

The students at Bognor will add to the strength of genuine trade unionism in the years to come.

#classroomteachermanual

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hove Park victory. The struggle continues


I am a retired teacher. I was delighted to see the headline in the Argus "Hove Park says no to academy."
My children were all taught by qualified teachers. The academy programme is based on Mr Gove's theory that any Tom, Dick or Harriet can teach and cheap unqualified teachers are the way forward.
Our children deserve better.
I am glad that reason has triumphed at Hove Park.

The Argus is asking us to write in. The address is  letters@theargus.co.uk and the above is the letter I sent them. This is a very easy way to support our fellow teachers and costs nothing. This is a great victory. We need more victories :)

#classroomteachermanual
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Warmonger Blair

Military genius Tony Blair wants 'boots on the ground' in Syria according to today's "i" newspaper.   
Parachute him into Syria. He can talk ISIS to death.
Does he think people will forget that he bombed unarmed civilians in Iraq?
Does he think people will forget that he lied his ass off to persuade the Labour Party to abandon its commitment to peace and go to war against Iraq?
And as for his self-styled "faith foundation" it is obviously a faith in the father of lies, the Devil.
"Blessed are the warmakers" is what appears in Blair's sermon on the mount apparently.
May God forgive this lying hypocrite.

 
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hold your nose and vote Labour?

I understand that people may vote Labour to get the Tories out. I just think we could do a lot better if the unions refused to fund candidates who support privatisation or cuts. That would rule out most of the Labour Party :-) #socialistreviews

Friday, September 19, 2014

Labour's actions in Scotland are a warning to workers in England and Wales

The Tories could not have organised the "no" campaign on their own. They needed stooges and lickspittles North of the border.

Step forward the Darling/Brown double-act. Without the Labour Traitors it is unlikely in the extreme that the Tories could have carried the day. Darling deserves a knighthood from the Tories. Brown, a peerage at least.

In the period leading up to the referendum the polls showed a big shift among Labour supporters to the "Yes" camp but the Labour Traitors pulled out all the stops to help the Tories to win.

The empty promises of constitutional reform will be drafted "by January 2015" and then there will be a general election. If anything is left of these pie-in-the-sky reforms by then it will not be worth the paper it is written on.

The only reason these wiseacres were even *talking* about pretending to give more powers to Scotland was because of the Yes campaign.

What they feared most of all was the simple fact that all the parties of capitalism - Lib Lab Con - (perhaps LIBLABCON will be the name under which they fight the next election) backed the "No" campaign. The Yes vote was a massive rejection of their perspective of cuts and more cuts.

The "no" result is a setback for workers in Britain as a whole. International solidarity does not recognise any borders. The policy of "austerity" is a sham. There is no "austerity" for millionaires like Cameron. There are just "tough choices" for the rest of us. The response must cross borders. Action from the unions, action from the TUC rather than fine words are what is required now.

The NSSN has forced the TUC to get off its knees before. It can do it again. Cameron and his Labour Traitor allies have won the battle. They must not win the war.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Andrew Neil reduced to sneers by Tommy Sheridan



If Scotland votes YES today it will be a massive defeat for the parties of Austerity - Lab, Lib and Con.
It will also be a defeat for the unholy trinity of Tony Blair, Cilla Black and Cliff Richard
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Monday, September 15, 2014

The abominable "no" men

The increasingly panic stricken chuckle brothers, Gordon Brown and
Alistair Darling are decrying the "narrow nationalism" of the Scots. At
the same time they are orchestrating a disgusting nationalist campaign
to frighten Scots into "rallying round the flag." They are a disgrace.

Worse yet, the Rt Hon Tony Blair, or "mass-murdering war criminal Tony
Blair" as he is popularly known in the Middle East, has decided to throw
his weight behind the pro-Tory campaign in Scotland. Matthew Norman in
today's "i" newspaper has concluded "Whatever Thursday's referendum
brings, Mr Salmond has been blessed in his opponents."

The people of Scotland have a right to self-determination. The
Conservative and Unionist Party has always opposed that right. They at
least are being consistent. Kier Hardy the Labour Party founder, was a
keen advocate of Home Rule both for Scotland and Ireland. He must be
turning in his grave to hear the Labour Traitors grovelling to the
English Tories.

As for the Liberal Democrats, who on earth cares what they think after
they let the Tories form the most right-wing administration since Thatcher.

However the vote goes, the pro-austerity parties are in for a rough
ride. The Scottish working class increasingly sees the Independence
referendum as a way to "give the effing Tories a kicking" for good and
all. That feeling will not go away. The opportunites to pursue a
Socialist Scotland will be enormous.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jack London's Suicide Note

I am working on a short story (very short - flash fiction) about Jack London. Jack London did not commit suicide. He died from taking two medications at the same time and left a note about his plans for the next day. 
The myth of his suicide was useful for those who hated Socialism and therefore hated Jack London.
Forty years ago I had a discussion with my college lecturer about what Jack London's suicide note would have been like. There are enough indications in Martin Eden and John Barleycorn that he understood despair and fought against it. 
As for the short story (which my iPhone keeps trying to call a 'shirt' story) you will have to wait and see.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

The true face of politics

The Scottish Referendum shows the true face of politics. The
Conservative Party's lieutenants in Scotland are Alistair Darling and
Brown. Hardly the dynamic duo, their campaigning consists of empty
threats and insincere promises. The fact that the Labour Traitors spend
night and day working for the Conservatives tells you all you need to
know about them.

Empty threats - the bullsh*t over the currency is a classic case. If you
vote the wrong way we will punish you by taking away our pound. A
schoolyard threat - if I lose the game I'm taking home my ball. The day
after Scottish independence the English government will have to deal
with the reality of an independent Scotland and the obvious fact that no
country wants to discourage the use of its currency or indeed has any
power to stop it.

And as for the last minute panic attempt to get the supermarkets to
raise prices if the Scots dare to vote against Cameron and crew; it was
immediately torpedoed by Tescos who will of course do no such thing.
Supermarkets spend billions to convince people their prices are the
lowest. Does Cameron know the first thing about capitalism? Surely if
Asda say "We'll punish you Scots" Scots will say "we're off to the Co-op
ye Tory bastards!"

The empty promises are as much use as Nick Clegg's solemn vow to get rid
of tuition fees, or Obama's pledge to close Guantanamo bay. As Mary
Poppins put it, "That's a pie crust promise, easily made and easily broken."

And this campaign also shows the real role of the banks and big
business. We have party political broadcasts by bankers telling the
Scots to vote as the Tories tell them or else.

I do not have a vote in this referendum. If the No campaign wins it will
be a victory for the bankers and a victory for the politics of
intimidation. The Tories backed Lithuania when it wanted to break away
from Russia. The Tories backed Estonia when it wanted to break away from
Russia. The Tories backed Latvia when it wanted to break away from
Russia. They are hypocrites and liars.

All power to the Yes campaign. #hopenotfear




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Foot in Mouth Cameron

Cameron threatens the Scots they could be rid of the Tories permanently.

 Some threat! The "effing Tories" deserve a good kicking. If it is permanent, nobody in Scotland will mourn.

The attempts of the banks and financial institutions to intimidate the Scottish people show their true colours. Empty threats and empty promises.




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Socialist Reviews updated for September 2014


Updated for September 2014.



'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.'




Saturday, September 06, 2014

NUT LEADERS BACK DOWN. LANAC CAN MAKE THEM FIGHT

The NUT exec has backed away from the October strike. The government will hail this as a 'victory for common sense.' They mean a victory for the divided ramshackle coalition.

It would seem the government's tactic of 'divide and conquer' has succeeded.

I cannot see the other unions being impressed. They might talk about us in the same terms NUT members often talk about NASUWT.

United action brought down Gove. LANAC will rise to the challenge of making the NUT leaders fight.

LANAC is the Local Associations for National Action Campaign.

LANAC has made the NUT leaders fight in the past. and the vote on the Exec was not unanimous. It was 25 to 12 but some of those 25 can be turned back from the Dark Side.



You can join LANAC on Facebook




Monday, September 01, 2014

Space Dog Alfred

I have written children's story for the National Literacy Trust. My deadline was mid September so I am getting ahead of myself!

This is a story for 8 to 12 year old readers. I have been uncompromising. This is the story I would have loved to read at that age. I enjoyed writing it  and some readers will love it.

It tells the story of a French Bulldog who ends up going into space with Finbar Cool, a very dodgy street trader and uncle to Tom and Seren, the twins who accompany him. Finn brings his daughter, Abby, along too.

On the planet they go to there is a group mind which is shared by Gai - sentient tree-like creatures - the Veck who are humans but have mastered unpowered flight and the people of Ardin who are small but perfectly formed. They worship death.
The group mind is not shared by creatures known as the gnarl who are warlike and largely live underground.

It is an adventure story in which the powers of all the characters are tested to the maximum. Abby realises her selfishness is holding her back. Seren eventually comes to realise that Abby can change. Tom finds out that he really doesn't know everything. Finn realises the futility of war. Alfred's bravery and his powers of hearing and smelling make him into a hero. Like all French Bulldogs, he has the power to understand what humans (and other creatures) are thinking.

In the end good triumphs over evil. The heroes succeed in averting a war which would have cost thousands of lives. In doing so they also introduce the gnarl to the joy of storytelling. They prove that it is possible to win a battle by surrendering.

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