British musician Stormzy attacks Theresa May on Grenfell disaster

This 21 February 2018 music video from Britain says about itself:

Stormzy at the Brit Awards: ‘Yo, Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’

After winning two of the night’s biggest awards, the south London MC expressed dismay over the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and castigated the Daily Mail. Stormzy delivered a verbal attack on Theresa May in a show-closing freestyle performance, asking the prime minister, ‘Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’, adding that the government ‘just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.’

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Stormzy was praised for his comments by several politicians, including Mr Corbyn, who said: “Congratulations, Stormzy, for winning your first Brit award and what a powerful performance #Grenfell.”

Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad also tweeted: “Thank you for speaking truth to power Stormzy.

“In Kensington we will never forget. We will never stop fighting for justice. No justice, no peace.”

Tottenham MP David Lammy took to Twitter to show his support, adding: “Respect Stormzy for speaking truth to power.”

The grime star spoke out about Grenfell Tower during a set at Glastonbury Festival, and denounced Ms May as a “paigon” – slang for a liar – during the GQ awards last year.

Theresa May on the ropes after Stormzy challenge over Grenfell victims: here.


British Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg and neo-nazis

This video from Britain says about itself:

Donald Trump: Friend of Murdering Nazis

29 November 2017

Last year a Labour MP, Jo Cox, was murdered by a far-right extremist who shouted the words ‘Britain First’ as he shot and stabbed her. He’d been previously involved in the organisation which went by the same name.

Today Donald Trump retweeted three posts by their deputy leader.

By Steve James in Britain:

What is the connection between Britain First and Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg?

14 February 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg is currently second favourite to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party. He is the darling of the pro-Brexit Tory right and was recently elected chair of the European Research Group, which is coordinating efforts to ensure the hardest possible exit from the European Union (EU).

To watch or listen to Rees-Mogg is to be transported back several hundred years. So much so that the Eton-educated son of former Times editor Baron William Rees-Mogg is known as the “honorable member for the eighteenth century”.

More appropriate given his wealth is the title “honorable member for the East India Company”. Estimates put his personal wealth, along with his wife’s inheritance, at between £100 million and £150 million. He is the best paid MP in Westminster, earning, according to the Spectator, at least £216,000 a year on top of a vast, and undisclosed, income from his 15 percent share in Somerset Capital Management (SCM), the investment vehicle he helped establish in 2007. Targeted at “developing markets,” last year SCM paid £21.9 million to its 21 members. Prior to launching SCM, Rees-Mogg was in the charge of the Lloyd George Emerging Market Fund, whose assets ballooned from $50 million to $5 billion under his stewardship.

Rees-Mogg is reportedly in line for a huge personal windfall when Britain exits the EU, given SCM is heavily invested in the emerging markets the UK will orient towards.

Rees-Mogg is a member of the Cornerstone Group in the Tory Party, whose motto is Faith, Flag and Family, and flaunts his patriotic Christianity, which includes opposition to abortion and homosexuality. He is a bitter opponent of social welfare, insisting that the state should be reduced to the barest minimum.

An incident this month at Bristol’s University of the West of England (UWE) confirmed that these views have not only earned Rees-Mogg the admiration of the Tory right, but a significant following among fascists.

Invited to speak at UWE by the university’s Politics and International Relations Society, Rees-Mogg was the target of a small protest by half a dozen partially masked anarchists that became a media cause célèbre and led to debate in Parliament.

The protesters entered the back of the hall and noisily protested Rees-Mogg’s presence. What happened next was highly unusual. Rees-Mogg, an experienced politician, left his place at the front of the meeting and went to the back of the hall to confront a demonstrator.

Video footage and photos initially released showed Rees-Mogg challenging one demonstrator and then the outbreak of some pushing and shoving, including an attempted punch, during which he was jostled. The demonstrators were ejected without any great difficulty.

Headlines hailed Rees-Mogg as a hero, quoting his self-description as a “weed” and his supposedly principled insistence that he still believed in the right to protest. The Spectator wrote affectionately of how nothing would intimidate “the Moggster.”

The Daily Express hailed the fact that Rees-Mogg’s handling of the incident cut the odds on his being next Tory leader from 7/2 to 4/1. Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage claimed the incident was the work of “a very extreme leftist group of people, very well-funded”. May herself praised the man tipped as her likely successor for standing up to violence and intimidation from “the left.”

So too did leading Labour politicians. …

Yvette Cooper, a former Labour Shadow Home Secretary agreed, tweeting, “This is appalling. No excuse for violence & aggression like this.”

Things began to go awry, largely thanks to various postings on social media that were then taken up by some newspapers.

The audience member hailed by the press for having sought to come to Rees-Mogg’s assistance, Paul Townsley, turned out to be an ex-soldier and martial arts expert who has been photographed at a family party in full Nazi regalia.

Mobile phone footage then proved that it was Townsley whose intervention made sure that a verbal exchange became physical. He barged into the group and attempted to manhandle the leading protester, former UWE student Josh Connor, towards the exit. When Connor’s girlfriend, Elena Andreea Dumitrache, objected, Townsley deliberately pushed her in the face.

Questions were then raised on social media as to why Townsley was present at the event, and even whether he was providing personal security for Rees-Mogg. That would at least suggest a reason why the politician felt able to place himself in the middle of protesters.

Asked about whether he knew Townsley, Rees-Mogg gave an evasive answer. “He is not a friend of mine,” he said, before adding, “It is possible that we have met at an event before.”

It transpired that Townsley has posted repeatedly on social media in praise of the Tory leadership challenger replacing May.

Whatever the exact relationship between the two men, Townsley is not the only right-winger prepared to commit violence in defence of Rees-Mogg.

In an extraordinary video, Britain First leader Paul Golding was filmed ranting in his car, threatening potential protesters: “If you keep harassing people like Jacob Rees-Mogg then you will get the Britain First cannons turned on you …

“We will find out where you live. We will find out where you work. We will find out where you study—and we will come down on you like a ton of bricks.”

Golding’s sinister statements came the day after Darren Osborne was sentenced to 43 years in prison for murder and attempted murder for driving a van into a group of worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London. Osborne said in court that he had initially intended to target Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Shortly prior to his murderous assault, Osborne received personal messages from leaders of Britain First and the fascist English Defence League.

In 2016, during the Brexit referendum campaign, Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by long-time fascist sympathiser Thomas Mair. Mair shouted “Britain First!” as he repeatedly stabbed and shot Cox.

Rees-Mogg is not merely an innocent object of far-right affection. This is a milieu that is being deliberately cultivated.

It was Britain First posts that were retweeted by US President Donald Trump last year as part of his fascistic diatribes. Trump later denied knowing anything about Britain First. But last December, Rees-Mogg held a private meeting with Steve Bannon, Trump’s fascistic former adviser.

That meeting was organised by Rahemm Kassam, the London editor of [formerly Bannon‘s] Breitbart, whose cameras were present at Bristol.

In 2013, Rees-Mogg was featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Traditional Britain Group. The group has its origins in the Western Goals Institute set up by General Sir Walter Walker—who was intimately involved in various plots of a military coup to bring down the Labour government of Harold Wilson in the mid-1970s—and the Tory Monday Club.

Traditional Britain founder Lord Sudeley praised Hitler, at a Monday Club meeting in 2006, for getting “everyone back to work” and stated that “the fact may be that some races are superior to others”.

Among its aims is support for the “time-honoured hereditary principle and our monarchy”, opposition to “communism, to socialism, to libertarianism, to anarchism” and support for “humane and voluntary state-assisted resettlement” of ethnic minority Britons.

By focusing on ‘cultural issues,’ the Tory cultural warrior hopes to shift the terrain so that the Conservative Party, looks like the party of the ‘man in the street,’ writes SOLOMON HUGHES.

British Conservative government bad for fire safety

This 21 June 2017 video from the USA about London, England is called May Vs. Corbyn – Starkly Different Reactions To Grenfell Fire.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 3 February 2018

There must be sprinklers in schools! No more fire deaths! Kick the Tories out!

AFTER the horror of Grenfell Tower fire, where so many men, women and children burned to death, the big issue is ‘is anyone safe in their homes under British capitalism?’

We know that over 300 tower blocks have the same flammable cladding as Grenfell Tower and only three have had their cladding replaced. Tory ‘light-touch regulation’ has resulted in a situation where fire safety standards have been completely thrown to the winds.

‘Build them fast, build them high, build them cheap’ is the mantra of the private building giants, that take on project after project, eager to make a quick buck. And when the chickens come home to roost, the whole company collapses like a house of cards.

However, companies like Carillion did not only build housing, they also built hospitals and schools. In fact the Royal Liverpool Hospital is now an abandoned building site as all work ceased the moment Carillion went bust.

Subsequently, we have found out that children, far from being safe and secure when they are at school, are also unwittingly spending their days in buildings which are essentially fire traps. At the end of last year, on December 8th, over 200 school children had to be evacuated from Cairneyhill Primary school in Dunfermline, Scotland, as a fire tore through the building. The alarm was raised around 1pm. It was only thanks to the quick thinking and rapid response of the teachers that not a single child was hurt.

An investigation, the results of which were published at the beginning of this week, confirmed that the school building was not fitted with a single smoke alarm! After it emerged that only 72% of Fife’s schools are fitted with smoke detectors, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teachers’ union, Fife branch, demanded that every school in the country be immediately assessed for fire risk.

EIS Fife spokesman David Farmer said: ‘When it comes to new schools, contractors seem to be putting smoke detectors in as standard. These schools have got the detection equipment, but the older schools haven’t.’

New schools may be fitted with smoke alarms, but they are not, however being fitted with equally essential fire prevention equipment: sprinklers. The Tories, in their rush to build privately run academies have again thrown fire safety out the window.

Yesterday, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) with teachers’ union the National Education Union (NEU) jointly accused the Tories of ‘jeopardising fire safety in schools’. They wrote to the Tory Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, about the scandal of new schools without fire sprinklers.

The unions said: ‘Barely six months after the government caved in to pressure from the National Education Union and the Fire Brigades Union not to weaken fire protection arrangements for schools, it appears that it is merely paying lip service to its own advice, allowing it to be routinely flouted in the rush to build new schools as cheaply as possible.

‘Building Bulletin 100: Design for Fire Safety in Schools (page 12) is clear that all new schools should have sprinklers fitted, “except in a few low risk schools”. It would appear that the definition of “a few low risk schools” encompasses Selsey Academy in West Sussex, which burned down in 2016 and, inexplicably, is being re-built without sprinkler systems fitted. This is not an isolated case.

‘The school at the base of Grenfell Tower (Kensington Aldridge Academy), built in 2014, does not have a sprinkler fitted … In fact, since 2010 only 35% of new schools have been fitted with sprinklers.’

Andy Dark, Assistant General Secretary of the FBU, said, ‘The government’s attitude toward fire safety is shockingly cavalier’, while Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

Grenfell Tower should have been a defining moment in the way we view safety in public buildings but it seems that health and safety is still seen as an opportunity to cut corners and save money.’

Meanwhile, the fire brigade has been cut to the bone by the Tories with 11 fire station shut down in London alone.

The issue of fire safety exposes the Tories’ complete disregard for the lives of working class families and their children. The attitude of the Labour Party is wait until a general election and things will get better under a Labour government. This situation will not wait until a general election in 2020. It is clear that this government must be brought down, before any more people die in fires.

The whole working class must come out demanding that the buildings that they live in, their hospitals, and the schools where their children learn are fire safe. The trade unions must call a general strike now. The working class must go forward to a workers government and socialism.

A workers government will ensure that all shut fire stations are re-opened, that the fire brigade has all the means at its disposal that it needs for modern fire fighting. It will also ensure that all flammable cladding is removed and that sprinklers, fire alarms, smoke alarms, fire escapes and fire doors are installed in every single block of flats and public building in the country so that people know that if a fire breaks out, measures are in place so that they can be evacuated safely.

Erdogan butchers Syrians, Theresa May helps

This video from London, England says about itself:

Protest Against UK Complicity In “Genocidal Fascist Invasion” of Northern Syria

24 jan. 2018

Mohamed Elmaazi speaks to demonstrators gathered across the street from the Prime Minister’s house of residence at No 10 Downing Street, to protest her government’s complicity in Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria and attacks on Kurds in the Afrin District, with the intent of carving out a 30 kilometre Kurdish free zone inside Syria.