John Lydon’s 1978 warnings on Jimmy Savile censored by BBC

This video from Britain says about itself:

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Friday 25 September 2015 at 9pm on ITV.

John Lydon discusses what’s in his bag.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

John Lydon says he was ‘banned from BBC’ over Jimmy Savile comments

The former Sex Pistol says he ‘did his bit’ to alert the public to Savile but that his comments made in 1978 were never aired

Thursday 24 September 2015 11.54 BST

John Lydon has claimed he was banned from the BBC after speaking out against Jimmy Savile.

The former Sex Pistol was referring to an interview he’d given in 1978, during which he had said that Savile was “into all sorts of seediness. We all know about it but we’re not allowed to talk about it. I know some rumours.”

Speaking to Piers Morgan for his Life Stories show, he said: “I’m very, very bitter that the likes of Savile and the rest of them were allowed to continue. I did my bit, I said what I had to. But they didn’t air that.”

He continued: “I found myself banned from BBC radio for quite a while, for my contentious behaviour. They wouldn’t state this directly; there’d be other excuses.”

The band were already in the BBC’s bad books before Lydon’s Savile comments: God Save The Queen received a total ban on radio play from the corporation in May 1977. Lydon didn’t go into the specifics of what the ban entailed, although he said: “Weren’t I right? I think most kids wanted to go on Top of the Pops but we all knew what that cigar muncher was up to.”

US Republican Trump abuses R.E.M. song

This video from the USA says about itself:

Music video by R.E.M. performing It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

Donald Trump is one of many Republican candidates for the presidency of the USA (most of them with lots of money). Like many candidates, he chose a campaign song. And, like many politicians (especially Republicans, like Michelle Bachmann or John McCain) he chose a song which the musician who wrote it did not want him to use.

He chose a Neil Young song, angering Neil Young.

Trump continued the same way.

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

The [United States Republican party presidential candidates‘ polls] front-runner [Donald Trump] also came under fire from REM lead singer Michael Stipe, who lambasted the Trump campaign for using one of the group’s songs at a rally on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets posted on the account of bandmate Mike Mills, Stipe said: “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men.

“Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

Trump had arrived on stage to It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

According to that Guardian article, Donald Trump also attacked fellow Republican presidential candidate Carla Fiorina. Not, like a rational Fiorina critic might do, because she made a mess of being CEO of Hewlett-Packard, sacking 30,000 U.S. workers, and fleeing away from the mess by US$21 to 40 million golden parachute. No, Trump being Trump, he resorted to sexism. He attacked Ms Fiorina, the only woman among seventeen Republican candidates, for being a woman.

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One of the leading Republican presidential candidates declared Sunday that a Muslim should never be allowed to become president of the United States. Speaking in defiance of the US Constitution, which explicitly prohibits religious tests for holding political office, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” that being a Muslim should disqualify a candidate for the top position in the federal government: here.

German anti-nazi punk song tops the charts

This 1993 German music video is called Die ÄrzteSchrei nach Liebe“. The lyrics are here.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

German punk band set to top charts in wake of refugee arson attacks

Cry for Love, Die Ärzte’s anti-Nazi song from 90s, re-released as part of campaign taking a stand against racism

Josie Le Blond in Berlin

Wednesday 9 September 2015 12.12 BST

A social media campaign has lifted a 22-year-old song mocking neo-Nazis back to the top of Germany’s single charts, in response to far-right arson attacks on refugee shelters.

Cry for Love by Berlin punk band Die Ärzte – a song about a young fascist scared of intimacy – was first released in 1993 during an earlier wave of neo-Nazi violence against immigrants.

The song, featuring the refrain “Your violence is just a silent cry for love … oh, oh, oh arsehole,” is poised to reach No 1 in the charts when official sales, download and airplay figures are released on Friday, said chart observer Media Control.

Cry for Love has already broken this year’s record for the most downloads within a week, said official chart-watchers Gfk.

The campaign was initiated by Gerhard Torges, a a 46-year-old music teacher from Osnabrück with no previous experience of online activism. He said the campaign was his way of taking a stand against racism.

“I was really surprised, I never thought we’d manage it,” he said. “I haven’t got involved with volunteering to help refugees here because I don’t know where to go and I don’t have time. It’s much easier online.”

Die Ärzte, a veteran punk band formed in west Berlin in 1982, have said they will donate all proceeds to Pro-Asyl, a German human rights NGO working with refugees.

“The campaign would have been cool with any other anti-Nazi song, but of course if it’s going to be ours, we’re very happy to support it,” wrote the band in a statement posted on the campaign website. “To all Nazis and their supporters, we wish you bad entertainment.”

Lyrics such as “Because you’re scared of a cuddle, you’re a fascist,” have struck a chord as the German public comes to terms with a staggering influx of refugees and migrants and a rise in violence against the newcomers. The country expects 800,000 refugees by the end of this year and is braced to accept half a million a year thereafter.

Over the weekend, crowds of volunteers gathered at railway stations in Munich and other cities to welcome tens of thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, arriving on trains from Hungary via Austria.

Police estimate there have been more than 250 attacks on refugee shelters in Germany this year. Last month, 30 police officers were injured in a riot in Heidenau near Dresden at a march by neo-Nazis and their sympathisers against a new refugee shelter.

British singer Jermain Jackman supports Jeremy Corbyn

This music video from Britain is called Jermain Jackman – The Voice 2014 – Ultimate Compilation.

By Luke James in Britain:

Jackman lends his voice to Jeremy

Wednesday 2nd August 2015

Singing sensation backs Corbyn campaign for the BBC

POLITICAL pop star Jermain Jackman sang the praises of Jeremy Corbyn last night as the Labour leadership frontrunner vowed to fight BBC privatisation.

The talented 20-year-old became a household name last year as he stormed to victory in the BBC’s flagship TV talent contest The Voice.

A Labour member since he was 16, he was dubbed the “singing politician” by judge Tom Jones after telling Tory PM David Cameron to “watch his job” on air.

The Hackney resident was inspired to join the party after hearing Diane Abbott — his local MP and a Corbyn supporter — speak at his secondary school.

He went on to become youth co-ordinator for Hackney North CLP and is now backing Mr Corbyn for the Labour leadership.

Mr Jackman was among stars who joined the left candidate at the Arcola Theatre in east London last night at the launch of his arts and culture policies.

Former Coronation Street favourite Julie Hesmondhalgh, who described Mr Corbyn’s campaign this week as a “a movement of people who give a toss about stuff,” also spoke.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, penned the introduction to Mr Corbyn’s policy paper.

The launch comes two months after Tory Culture Secretary John Whittingdale launched a white paper that included plans to scrap programmes or privatisate production. The Voice was named among popular programmes that could be axed.

But Mr Corbyn vowed that Labour under his leadership would lead the campaign to protect the licence fee as the best means of supporting diverse programmes.

The pledge was part of his “comprehensive national plan for the publicly funded arts, culture and heritage sector.”

Its launch came 50 years after left Labour MP Jennie Lee produced the first and only government policy white paper on the arts as minister of arts in Harold Wilson’s government between 1964 and 1970.

Mr Corbyn has included plans to increase support for the arts as the economy recovers and introducing industry pay standards to stop performers and arts professionals being ripped off.

And the establishment of a living wage national creative apprenticeship service is among proposals to end the elite’s dominance of the arts.

Mr Corbyn said: “A successful economy and a healthy, creative, open and vibrant democratic society depend on a flourishing creative sector.

“If elected Labour leader, I pledge to work alongside the creative industries to support, develop, and collectively achieve a culturally rich, more prosperous future for our country.”

CHUKA UMUNNA broke ranks with fellow Blairites yesterday by calling on colleagues to rally around the new Labour leader — even if it turns out to be Jeremy Corbyn. The shadow business secretary is backing Liz Kendall in the contest, who has said she would refuse to serve in Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet: here.

Music drives away neo-nazis in Manchester, England

This video from England says about itself:

2 EDL splinter group NWI members arrested in Manchester

23 August 2015

Two members of the North West Infidels (NWI), a far-right splinter group from the English Defence League (EDL), were arrested during a protest rally in Manchester City Centre yesterday against “radical Islam, Zionism, Communism, Irish Republicanism and the militant left.”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Protesters trolled a far-right group by blasting house music at a neo-Nazi march in Manchester

Members of the far-right group allegedly threw bananas at black people in the crowd, whilst shouting “You’re not British any more”

Siobhan Fenton

Sunday 23 August 2015

Anti-fascist protesters in Manchester have used house music to drown out far-right protestors.

Two groups called The Far Right Infidels and Combat 18

The number ’18’ in the name of the nazi group Combat 18 stands for the first and eighth letters of the alphabet=AH=Adolf Hitler.

attempted to stage the event on Saturday in the city centre. Members appeared to perform Nazi salutes and one was seen wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

The Manchester Evening News reports that some members threw bananas at black members of the public, whilst shouting “You’re not British anymore.”

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However, just 40 far-right members turned up to their planned event in total, meaning that they were vastly outnumbered by the 200 anti-fascist counter protesters who also attended.

The latter blasted house music to drown out the sound of the white supremacist groups’ speeches and slogans.

They chanted: “Master race? You’re having a laugh” and “You don’t live in Cheetham Hill or Moss Side- you must be from Emmerdale.”

After an hour, the far-right group were escorted onto a bus and driven out of town.

Emma Leyla Mohareb, from the anti-austerity group The Party Protest, told The Manchester Evening News: “The atmosphere at the protest was brilliant- it was nice to see everyone say ‘no’ to racism in our city.”

Last week, a similar far-right event called the ‘White Man March’ was planned by Neo-Nazis to take place in Liverpool. However, it had to be cancelled after barely anyone turned up and hundreds of locals attended pro-diversity counter protests.

See also here.