British Conservative warmongering on Syria

This video from Britain says about itself:

Suffer The Little ChildrenDon’t Bomb Syria

28 November 2015

David Cameron says launching UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will “make us safer“.

Hollande: France will be ‘merciless’ in response to Paris attacks.

Then, the pretext for warmongering was ISIS.

Now, the pretext for warmongering, as in 2013, when the peace movement stopped Cameron’s plan to wage war in Syria as in practice allies of ISIS, is the Damascus government.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

No-fly zone would create ‘a bigger war’

Monday 17th October 2016

Peace activists condemn Mitchell’s demands for no-fly zone

PEACE campaigners voiced horror yesterday at the “dangerously irresponsible” posturing of disgraced Tory MP Andrew Mitchell, who called on the West to “confront” Russian warplanes over Syria.

The former international development secretary said that civilians in the city of Aleppo, which the Syrian government is waging a bloody struggle to wrest back from the control of al-Qaida-linked extremists, should be protected from Syrian and Russian bombing.

He urged Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to work with Washington to implement a “no-fly zone” where Western aircraft would take on their Russian equivalents.

But the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) pointed out that “in practice no-fly zones are not humanitarian corridors but bombing runs, a fact recognised by Hillary Clinton in 2013 when she advised that ‘to have a no-fly zone you have to take out all the air defences … you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians.”

A “no-fly zone” over Libya in 2011 was used by the United States, Britain and France to bomb Libyan troops, paving the way for a takeover by radical Islamists, permanent civil war and the current emergence of Isis in the country.

STWC convener Lindsey German told the Star that Mr Mitchell had been “plugging this stuff for some time.

“He has said that because Turkey shot down a Russian jet and it didn’t lead to world war we can do it too.

“But the reality is it will attract retaliation and create a much bigger war.

“A whole number of countries are bombing Syria already, and that’s not to mention the Saudi bombing of Yemen.

“Do we want to pour more fuel on those flames?

“This summer we’ve had a series of reports — the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq and another that concluded David Cameron’s war in Libya was also disastrous, and yet we’re now hearing more warmongering from people who should know better.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May, satiric song

This 16 September 2016 video is a satiric song on British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

The song is a parody of the song ‘Alright‘ (lyrics here) by British band Supergrass.

The lyrics are:

Snoopergrass – “Far Right

I’m not young, I’m not green
But I’m basically your new queen
Say goodbye to your rights
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll repatriate migrants
And those claiming asylum

Last one out, hit the lights!
I’m far right

I’m not like you, of that you can be sure
Obviously you’re a pleb
Now ensnared in my web

But I’m not young, I am May
Got my hair nice and grey
Flog the NHS, think I might
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll watch you at all times
Just in case of thought crimes
I’ll be numb to your plight
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll take Boris as foreign secretary
Should be good for a wheeze
When he insults the Chinese

But I’m not young, I’m not green
I’ll spend loads on machines
You’re all in for a fright
‘Cause I’m far right

I’m not like you, of that you can be sure
Obviously you’re a pleb
Now ensnared in my web

But I’m not young, I am May
Got my hair nice and grey
Flog the NHS, think I might
‘Cause I’m far right

British government’s senseless badger killing

This 2011 video is about a badger family in Germany.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Widening of badger culls provokes condemnation

Wednesday 31st August 2016

ANIMAL rights activists condemned the government’s decision yesterday to double badger culls in an attempt to combat tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.

Exterminations were already under way in three English counties and the government has now granted licences for culls in seven more areas across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

The government aims to wipe out 70 per cent of the badger population in these areas.

Last year, more than 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in England in an effort to control the disease.

The cull was welcomed by the National Union of Farmers, but condemned by the Labour Party, the Greens and the League Against Cruel Sports as inhumane and ineffective in combating bovine TB.

Chris Pitt, the league’s deputy campaigns director, said: “Instead of shooting badgers, we need to be looking to Wales as an example, where no culling takes place, but instead rigorous TB testing, strict cattle movement control and tight biosecurity has been more successful in preventing the spread of TB in cattle.”

An independent report by an expert panel in the first year found “controlled shooting” — of free-running badgers — could not deliver the level of culling needed to be effective and was not humane.

Shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell said: “The decision to extend the badger cull flies in the face of the government’s own evidence that shows the killing of thousands of badgers has not reduced the number of cattle contracting bovine TB.”

British Prime Minister congratulated bullying scandal Conservative

This video from Britain says about itself:

Elliott Johnson’s father speaks to BBC Newsnight about Tory bullying allegations

27 November 2015

We spoke to Ray Johnson, the father of young Conservative Party activist Elliott Johnson – who took his own life having previously complained he was bullied. The party has insisted it wasn’t aware of serious accusations against Mark Clarke until weeks before Elliott Johnson took his own life.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

May congratulated ‘Tatler Tory’ for ‘good campaign’

Monday 22nd August 2016

THERESA MAY warmly congratulated so-called “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke, accused of serious bullying, for an election campaign now embroiled in a bullying scandal.

A video has come to light shows the Prime Minister praising Mr Clarke for his work as director of the Road Trip campaign, which bussed in activists to marginal seats ahead of the 2015 election.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Theresa May ‘Praised’ Mark Clarke, Activist In Bullying Row, In Video Of PM With ‘Tatler Tory’

21 August 2016

Theresa May warmly congratulated the so-called “Tatler Tory” at the centre of the Conservative bullying row during a party campaign event, it has been reported.

The Lamiat Sabin article continues:

The footage was unearthed during an investigation into the suicide of young activist Elliott Johnson, who killed himself a month after complaining that he had been bullied by Mr Clarke.

Ms May, who was home secretary at the time, is heard telling Mr Clarke: “What you are doing is absolutely tremendous. Road Trip 2015 is great. Thank you, Mark, for all you are doing.”

Mr Clarke, former chairman of youth group Conservative Future, then received a round of applause at the event, filmed during the 2014 Rochester by-election campaign, according to the Mail on Sunday.

He has denied claims that he bullied, blackmailed and threatened MPs and young Tory members. He also denies using drugs and sexual activity to blackmail or harass party activists.

The footage emerged after an inquiry by law firm Clifford Chance found there had been repeated complaints about Mr Clarke’s conduct after he was appointed to head the Road Trip campaign.

The inquiry found flaws in the Conservative Party’s campaign headquarters complaints procedure, including the lack of a confidential help-line or email address.

Mr Clarke’s file from when he stood as a candidate for Tooting in 2010 included reports of aggressive and bullying conduct towards his campaign director, according to the inquiry report published last Wednesday.

Senior figures including then party co-chairmen Lord Feldman and Grant Shapps, who were both forced to resign, were not told of the allegations.
The newspaper also reported that Ms May had since given a No 10 job to one of Mr Clarke’s “associates,” Jimmy McLoughlin, son of current Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin.

Little Jimmy was formerly head of external affairs at the Institute of Directors.

There was no response from Downing Street about the video but a Westminster source said: “Theresa is known as an active grassroots campaigner and would always support efforts to get Conservative MPs elected.”

British Conservative bullying scandal

This video from Britain says about itself:

Tory activist Elliott Johnson faced ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’

2 March 2016

Lawyers representing the family of a young Tory who killed himself have argued he was subject to “inhuman and degrading treatment” as they sought to widen the scope of an inquest into his death.

Elliott Johnson was found dead on railway tracks in Bedfordshire in September. Weeks earlier, he had raised allegations about the way he was being treated within Conservative Way Forward.

The Johnson family attended a hearing in Ampthill on Wednesday to argue for the scope of a full inquest be broadened to explore the culture in the Conservative Party at the time.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

‘Tatler Tory’ had list of complaints against him

Thursday 18th August 2016

A TORY activist was appointed to a key role in the party’s general election campaign despite warnings of his record of “aggressive and bullying conduct,” an inquiry found yesterday.

Law firm Clifford Chance found that complaints were made about the conduct of the so-called “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke on seven occasions before the party finally mounted an investigation into his behaviour.

The law firm was finally brought in to investigate after the suicide of a young activist Elliott Johnson who complained about Mr Clarke’s behaviour.

In response to the report, the party said it was establishing new procedures for handling complaints by volunteers, including a dedicated hotline and training for relevant party employees

Mr Clarke was appointed to head up the party’s RoadTrip campaign — bussing young activists around the country in support of Conservative candidates — by Mr Shapps in June 2014.

The report said that 13 individuals had been identified who were alleged to have been victims of bullying and harassment or other “inappropriate conduct” by Mr Clarke between January 2014 and August 2015.

Tory Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin said: “The death of Elliott Johnson was a tragedy and our thoughts remain with his family and friends. As we address the findings of this report I want to make clear that there can be no place for bullying behaviour in our party and we all have a responsibility to act when it occurs.” Mr Clarke declined to be interviewed by the investigation team. …

Mr Johnson’s parents also did not wish to be interviewed by the inquiry as they felt “it did not appear to be independent or transparent,” their solicitors said.