Posts Tagged ‘Memes’

Vox Political: Don’t Let the Rain Stop You From Voting!

June 8, 2017

It’s also been raining in many parts of the country today. Mike’s clearly had it in Wales, and we’ve had some rain down here in Bristol. So just in case that stops some people from voting, Mike has put up a meme urging them to defy the weather and go and vote.

The meme says:

Could you bear
To tell your children
The Tories sold off their free healthcare
Because you couldn’t be bothered
To vote Labour
IN THE RAIN?

If you haven’t voted yet, get your coat on, put your umbrella up, and get down to a polling station.
It doesn’t take long but the effect could last your lifetime.

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/06/08/dont-let-the-rain-stop-you-from-voting/

If you haven’t already, go down to the polling station, and vote Labour.

And stop the Tories from privatising the NHS.

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Vox Political on Clem Atlee’s Great Nephew’s Suspension for Satirical Cameron Meme

September 15, 2016

Mike over at Vox Political has posted a piece commenting on the real reason behind the suspension of John MacDonald, Clement Atlee’s great-nephew, by the ‘Compliance Unit’. They told MacDonald that he’d been suspended because of a piece he put up on the 8th August. The trouble is, he hadn’t put up any post on social media on the 8th of August this year. He had, however, posted up a piece on the 9th, with Cath Atlee, urging everyone to vote for Corbyn as the only surviving relatives of Labour’s greatest prime minister, and one of the very greatest premiers this country has ever produced.

Now it appears that the real reason Mr MacDonald was purged was because of a meme he put up of Cameron as Adolf Hitler, along with a quote from the Fuhrer stating that the way you deprive a people of their freedoms is to take it away a little at a time, so that they don’t know you’re doing it. The New Labour apparatchiks in the Compliance Unit claimed that the meme was ‘abusive’. Mike puts them right by showing that it isn’t. It’s satire. It makes a very strong point, but in a humorous manner. He also points out that it doesn’t attack other members of the Labour party, and that the Tories are fair game for such comments, otherwise noted enemies of the Tories, like Dennis Skinner, would have been purged a long time ago. He also points out that rummaging around social media to support punishing someone for breaking a rule that is only a month old is insupportable. Mike concludes

The best outcome Labour’s NEC – in charge of the ‘compliance unit’ – can hope for is to restore Mr Macdonald’s vote to the count and issue an apology so grovelingly abject that we’ll all become so distracted by it that we won’t remember what it’s for. Good luck with that, folks!

Meanwhile, the rest of us can look forward to the day – not far away – when an inquiry is launched into the activities of this ‘compliance unit’, and action taken over the behaviour of its absurdly-overpaid members.

The article can be read at: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/14/suspension-of-attlees-nephew-proves-labours-compliance-team-does-not-understand-satire/

There’s a lot more that can be said about this. Firstly, the meme makes a fair point. It isn’t abusive. If you want a real example of abuse, one of the instances that comes to mind was way back when William Hague was leader of the Tory party, and one of the Labour MPs sneered at him and compared him to a fetus. This shocked many people, and the MP had to apology. That’s abuse.

But Cameron has taken away people’s freedoms, gradually, all the while claiming to be protecting democracy, in a manner very much like that recommended by Hitler. Cameron and Nick Clegg passed legislation providing for secret courts from which the press and public are excluded in cases involving national security. In these cases, the accused may not know who his accuser is, or the evidence on which he is being tried, nor even what his crime is. These are all breaches of the fundamental principles of justice laid down in Magna Carta. Even in the Middle Ages, a criminal could only be tried if someone actually stood up in open court to accuse them. There were known malefactors, who the sheriffs, as the crown’s administrator and agent in the shires, had to arrest. Once they had them under lock and key in their dungeons, they then frequently appealed to a member of the public to accuse them of a crime so that they could be properly tried. It’s a peculiar situation when the Middle Ages starts to appear far more just than a piece of modern legislation passed by a supposedly democratic regime.

On a related point, one of the fundament principles of justice is that legislation cannot act retrospectively. You cannot arrest someone for doing something before it was made a crime. But this is what the Compliance Unit have done in this case, as in so many others. As Mike has pointed out.

Cameron, as part of the Tories’ ongoing attempts to destroy the unions, also wanted to pass legislation compelling strikers on a picket line to give their names to the rozzers. This was condemned as ‘Francoist’ by David Davis, one of the most right-wing of the Tories. Not that it’s particularly different from legislation the Tories briefly passed to stop strike action in the 1970s. Ted Heath also passed a law that would have banned strikes and seen wage claims passed to an industrial court. This was similar to legislation proposed a few years earlier by Barbara Castle in her paper, In Place of Strife. Heath went further, however, and included a clause, that would have allowed the authorities to identify who was responsible for calling the strike. As for the system of labour courts, that was introduced by Mussolini as part of his ‘Charter of Labour’ in Fascist Italy. The revival of similar legislation in supposedly democratic Britain convinced many political theorists that we were seeing the appearance of ‘Fascism with a human face’. That meant, Fascism without the strutting militarism and brutality of the archetypal right-wing dictatorships.

And Cameron was also very keen on expanding state surveillance, to keep us all safe from Muslim terrorists, or whoever. Again, very similar to the massive secret police and surveillance in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Franco’s Spain. Nazi Germany justified itself constitutionally as a response to political crisis, such as the attack on Germany by leftists in acts like the Reichstag fire. Every four years or so, Adolf Hitler had to go back to the Reichstag and pass a law stating that the crisis was not over, thus allowing him the constitutional power to go on ruling without the Reichstag for another four years. Again, like Cameron, the Fascist leaders claimed they were doing so to protect the public.

So the meme, while undoubtedly emotive, was perfectly justified. Cameron was, and Theresa May is, extremely authoritarian, and determined to chip away hard-won British freedoms in the manner described by Adolf. He’s also like another Nazi in his former profession. Cameron worked in PR, a profession not known for objective truth. Goebbels, Hitler’s ‘Minister for Public Enlightenment’ was a former adman, if I recall correctly.

The meme’s fair comment. Also, it’s pretty much to be expected that a politician, who is perceived to be dictatorial will be compared to Adolf Hitler. Just like they were compared to Napoleon before he arose. Such comparisons are so common, that unless they’re very unfair and say something monstrously untrue, they’re hardly worth censure. Those who do tend to make themselves look ridiculous, and furthermore seem to bear out the comparison.

And Mike’s right about other members of the Labour party having made similar comparisons. The classic example of such invective was Nye Bevan’s comment that ‘Tories are vermin’. It’s been used against the Labour party from time to time ever since. But that didn’t mean that Bevan didn’t have a right to say it. Bevan was Welsh coalminer, when there was grinding poverty in the Welsh coalfields. The Conservative government under Baldwin called in the British army to shoot strikers during one of the disputes in the 1920s. It might even have been during the 1926 General Strike. Accounts of the strike say that many of the miners were dressed in rags. In a situation like that, when men, who are starving are being shot down for daring to demand a higher wage, Bevan had an absolute right to hate the party that impoverished and killed them with all the venom that he did. Especially as the Tories in the First World War had demanded legislation that, in the words of one right-wing, would allow them to beat the unions like jelly.

I also wonder why the Compliance Unit should be so upset about a meme attacking David Cameron. Surely any decent opposition party should be attacking Cameron’s government for its assault on precious British freedoms. But not so those Blairites in the Compliance Unit. Perhaps they’re afraid it’ll bring back memories of similar legislation, also providing for secret courts, introduced by Blair and Jack Straw. Or perhaps they’re afraid it’ll offend all the Tory voters, whose votes they hope to steal by copying everything the Tories do, but promising New Labour will do it all better.

Either way, Mike’s right. It’s time the Compliance Unit and its bloated apparatchiks were wound up and investigated for their role in disrupting Labour party democracy and bringing the party into disrepute.

Meme: Reward and Strengthen Labour to Make America Great Again

January 25, 2016

This another political meme I found over on the Tumblr site, 1000 Natural Shocks. It advocates strengthening the unions, and giving working people jobs and a proper, living wage, to restore America’s place in the world. The meme may come from the other side of the Pond, but it equally applies over here in Britain as well. And, apart from the country, there’s not a word I’d change.

Working people of all countries, unite!

America Labour Meme

If you want to look at the original, be aware that it is an over 18 site.

Meme on the Congressional Bills to Help Veterans Blocked by Republicans

January 24, 2016

This is another meme I found over on the Tumblr site, 1000 Natural Shocks. (Over 18s only). It’s a counterblast to the Republicans’ claim that it’s only them, who are standing up for combat veterans against the evil Obama administration. This is a list of some of the bills to help wounded and mentally scarred soldiers that the Republicans have actually blocked over the past six years Obama’s been in office.

Veterans Blocked Bills

If you want to see the original, it’s at: http://greybeard55.tumblr.com/image/137847796840

And Sarah Palin has the gall to say it’s all Obama’s fault that her ex-soldier son hit his girlfriend, because thanks to Obama, veterans aren’t respected.

More Memes Against Conservative-Lib Dem Killing of Disabled from Vox Political

May 6, 2015

Mike over at Vox Political has produced a couple more memes against Cameron’s and Clegg’s mass murder of the sick and disabled through their benefit reforms. Mike posted up a piece last Friday, letting his readers know that the Information Commissioner had finally ruled in his favour. The DWP was now required to release the information to him on the numbers of people, who died between 2011 and last year, while claiming invalidity benefit and ESA.

These figures give the lie to the Tory claim that those willing to work are being helped into employment, while those who can’t are being given the support they need.

These people died in misery, poverty and desperation, because the benefit simply wasn’t enough. If they were fortunate enough to get it, of course. Many didn’t. They were sanctioned for the most trivial and contrived of reasons.

Since being informed of the Commissioners’ decision, Mike has received now word from the DWP itself. They have not sent him the information he requested. He therefore states on his blog that he feels they intend to make him wait the full 35 days before sending him the information.

The reason? If they give him the information now, it might cost them the election. Too many people could be swayed by the horrifying fact that Cameron, Clegg, Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVile have killed an estimated 60,000 or more with his wretched benefit reforms.

There has also been little interest in this information from the mainstream media, although he says there have been some encouraging signs from certain editors.

He’s therefore produced these two memes to help get the word out to the public. He’s encouraging people to share them, so please, feel free to print ’em off, and post them up, whether in hard copy or on the Net.

The first meme shows how the number of people, who have officially died while receiving benefits, is probably on the tip of the iceberg.

tipoftheiceberg

The second meme lays out the case that for the disabled, voting Tory or Lib Dem in the election is like certain poultry voting for a certain seasonal feast.

DWPturkeys

Anti-Tory Memes

April 14, 2015

These memes were all posted by some of the commenters over at Johnny Void’s blog, where he put up the figures released last week showing the complete and utter failure of IDS’ welfare reforms.

These memes show the reality of the Tories’ welfare policies: suffering, homeless and death, all to save their rich donors money and provide a cringing, fearful labour force.

IDS Death Meme

The one below shows IDS’ absolute hypocrisy, in talking about the terrible atrocities at Auschwitz and then importing its slogan to justify his own workfare policies. Policies which are also based on forced labour, and in which the sanctions that form a vital part of the control mechanism have also resulted in deaths.

Not that IDS is alone in using Auschwitz’ notorious motto. One of the Tories writing in one of the national newspapers also began his piece with the statement that although the slogan had become notorious because of its use by the extermination camp, it was nevertheless still valid and true. That section of the article ended up disappearing, as even Lynton Crosby or someone very like him realised how outrageous it was. It’s a pity the writer didn’t before he put his fingers to the keyboard, or IDS before he opened his mouth.

IDS Auschwitz Meme

And then there’s this piece, which I think Mike has put up already on Vox Political, with a hat-tip to Mr Void. This also shows the twisted morality of the Tory party when they try to justify their policies of attacking the poor and defenceless, while claiming that somehow they’re helping them.

Cameron Sanctions Homeless Meme

In the coming weeks Cameron and the other Tories are going to be doing their level best to lie to the public, telling them how caring they are, and that their welfare reforms aren’t really sadistically cruel and futile at all. Cameron has already been in the Independent trying to tell the voting public that he’s really a ‘compassionate Conservative’. Well, if he’s a compassionate one, I’d hate to see what the really nasty specimens are like. Although I’ve got a good idea looking at IDS, Peter Lilley, Osborne and the entire membership of UKIP.

So let’s use these memes to remind people of the reality.

Vox Political on Daily Heil’s Latest Ad Hominem Attack on Miliband

April 11, 2015

Mike over at Vox Political has posted this piece, Has ‘Red Ed’ Become ‘Red Hot Ed’ Now? in response to the Daily Mail’s article trying to present the Labour leader as some kind of sinister Don Juan, or callous Lothario preying on women’s affections. The article begins

Things have come to a pretty pass when this qualifies as news.

It seems the Conservative Party’s campaign strategy has come grinding to a halt, based as it was on claiming that Ed Miliband cannot run the UK.

First we were told he’s weird-looking, especially when eating a bacon sandwich – but it turns out the people of this country aren’t all that bothered, as long as he can do the job.

Then we were told that he couldn’t do the job – but by then the Labour Party was already publishing one policy proposal after another which showed that he emphatically could.

Finally we were told that he’s not a nice man; he stabbed his brother in the back to get the Labour leadership (we’ve been hearing that since 2010 and it hasn’t become any truer in all that time) and he has had (gasp) a love life!

Mike suggests that the real reason the Mail has decided to go after Ed personally is because for the first time, Cameron’s approval rating has dipped below Miliband’s.

That’s right. The British public have decided that they believe the better man for the job is the geeky nerdish bloke, who eats a bacon sandwich weirdly, rather than the true-blue, titled aristo. No wonder the Mail published this latest story. It probably made Lord Rothermere choke on his champagne and lobster thermidor last night.

Mike’s also produced this handy meme showing the real differences in policy between Ed and Cameron. If you care about rising poverty and don’t want to see the health service sold off, then Miliband is very much the man to vote for.

Cameron stands for more poverty, the selling off of the NHS, and the restoration of the feudal order with his fellow aristos at the top. Including Lord Rothermere. Which is why the paper likes him, and is so appalled at the thought of Miliband getting into No. 10.

Miliband Cameron Meme

Meme on UKIP Mass Expulsions

April 2, 2015

This is another meme poking fun at UKIP I found over at the SlatUKIP facebook site. It’s a comment on the expulsions and suspensions that the party seems to be doing just about every day as yet another of the members says or posts something racist, Islamophobic, ant-gay, misogynist or just bonkers and bigoted. I think it was put together by AdrianJ over at B3ta.com. Whoever’s responsible for it, it’s hilarious.

BigUKIPSuspend

Farage and the Tories Will Privatise the NHS Meme

March 26, 2015

I also found this meme over at the SlatUKIP site reminding everyone that Farage and the Tories want to privatise the NHS. I’m posting it here because it is a handy and striking image of what they really stand for.

Farage Privatised NHS Tories Meme

Meme Against the Privatisation of the NHS

March 26, 2015

I found this meme over at the SlatUKIP facebook page. It shows the numbers of people, who want the NHS to remain nationalised, and those who don’t.

Anti-Privatised NHS Meme

As you can see, the number of people, who want the NHS to remain the NHS vastly outnumber those who don’t. However, the Tories, Lib Dems and the Kippers have their policies firmly based on the 9 per cent, who want it sold off. There are 92 Tory and Lib Dem MPs, who will profit as the directors or senior employees of private healthcare companies.

Don’t let them succeed.