British actress Maxine Peake on voting Labour


This July 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Maxine Peake on Dinnerladies, Mike Leigh and More! | On Acting

The BAFTA-nominated actress talks about her prolific career across film and television, her craft, and Victoria Wood’s advice.

By Maxine Peake in Britain:

Election 2019

Why I’m Voting Labour: Maxine Peake, actor and writer

The arts are at the centre of a civilised society and Jeremy Corbyn knows this more than any other party leader

“IN ANY civilised community the arts and associated amenities, serious or comic, light or demanding, must occupy a central place. Their enjoyment should not be regarded as remote from everyday life.”

When Arts Minister Jenny Lee made this pledge in 1960, who knew that in 2019 this strategy would still be as important as it was at its initiation and, more shockingly, that it is still being fought for.

On reading Labour’s charter for the arts, I have to confess I shed a tear to see in black and white a future for the arts that I have longed dreamed of writ large.

The arts are at the centre of a civilised society and Jeremy Corbyn knows this more than any other party leader, he knows that creativity and expression are basic human needs. The human race is a race of story-tellers and performers. Since our arrival on the planet we have used song, dance and art as a way to communicate and express ourselves. It is essential not only as entertainment but also for our survival.

Art as an outlet is linked intrinsically to our health and wellbeing and the main problem we face today is inclusion. It’s common knowledge that many arts venues can have hefty ticket prices and lowering these prices is a start.

But the real issue we have to tackle is getting young people engaged in the first place, not perpetuating the idea that the arts are only for a privileged few. If we start at junior-school age encouraging youngsters to participate in an art form — Labour’s promise that every child will have the opportunity to play an instrument at school is one way to start to break down these barriers — outreach work is essential.

Arts and creativity need to become the norm within the more disadvantaged areas of society. We cannot go round enforcing this, it has to come from the people and what many of our towns are missing is encouragement and empowerment.

The Towns of Culture is a fantastic way of raising people’s confidence and giving them the facilities and finance to show off their creative prowess. The Cities of Culture have been huge successes, giving the arts and culture in cities like Hull the chance to flourish and show the nation what they are made of. This investment has a continuing legacy, with benefits for all.

Funding the Arts Council properly is another huge step. It does extraordinary work but more money is needed if it is to change more lives and support grassroots organisations that can capture talent and interest in the young and old and nurture it.

Labour promises an arts charter for all that will ensure nobody is overlooked or ignored, whatever their background. No talent will be missed and no-one will be excluded from the mental health benefits that the arts bring.

If we let the Tories — who think of the arts as a luxury and not a necessity — win, the effects on the arts, and us all, will be devastating.

Alastair Campbell, Blair’s spin doctor, parody music


This 30 July 2019 parody mu=sic video from Britain, about Tony Blair‘s spin doctor Alastair Campbell, recently expelled from the Labour party for voting for the Liberal Democrats, which is against Labour rules, says about itself:

Spin Doctor – Two Faces (Alastair Campbell song)

Alastair Campbell is Spin Doctor!

LYRICS:

If you want to blow up Baghdad
Just go ahead now
And if you want to unleash jihadJust go ahead now
And if you want to vote for Lib Dems
Just go ahead now
And if you want to portray jews as pig men
Just go ahead now

Labour expulsion got me vexed up
I’m proper narked, now
It’s worse than the dossier I sexed up
To bomb Iraq, now
Saddam had mass destruction weapons
That’s what I said, now
But I want a second referendum
So I’m exonerated, now

Here is my open letter
TLDR: Dave Miliband would be better
I fucked up the world in 2003
But I know what a Labour PartyBritish state-Murdoch attack on Labour party’s meant to be
I know what a Labour Party’s meant to be

Alastair Campbell, one of the key figures in Tony Blair’s 1997 Labour government, announced this week he no longer wants to be a member of the party. The sentiment among most Labour Party members was “Good riddance to bad rubbish”: here.

British state-Murdoch attack on Labour party


British Labour leader JEREMY CORBYN addressing a 'Refugees Welcome' march in Hyde park, London

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tories in a crisis over state attack on Corbyn

2nd July 2019

THE REVELATION that senior British civil servants have been briefing the capitalist press that Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is too sick and unfit to be Prime Minister has caused a major crisis for the Tory government.

Britain’s top civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, is to write to Corbyn after the health claims which he himself admits are ‘unacceptable’. Yesterday Sedwill did not confirm that there would be an inquiry.

Corbyn has demanded an explanation from Cabinet Secretary Sedwill following reports in [Rupert Murdoch owned] The Times that quoted two senior civil servants as saying there is a ‘real worry’ and that Corbyn is being ‘propped up by those around him’.

Labour has already demanded an independent investigation into the allegations.

Asked about the issue, Theresa May’s spokesman said: ‘Impartiality is one of the fundamental values of the civil service and underpins its ability to effectively serve the government of the day.

‘It would clearly be inappropriate and unacceptable for comments of this sort to have been made or briefed to the press. The cabinet secretary will be writing to the leader of the opposition shortly.’

Asked if this meant there would be an inquiry, he added: ‘I don’t think you’d expect me to divulge the contents of that letter in advance of it being sent.’ Any news on an inquiry would come ‘shortly’, he said.

Labour leader Corbyn said: ‘The idea that civil servants should be briefing a newspaper against an elected politician, against a prospective government, is something that should be very concerning to all of us.

‘The Civil Service has to be independent; has to be non-political and has to be non-judgmental of the politicians they have a duty to serve. If we were elected to government, we have a very clear framework of things we want to do in this country on housing, education, health and the environment and so much more.

‘We would explain those to our colleagues in the civil service and expect them to carry out those policies.

‘That is the way British democracy must work. There must be an investigation into which senior civil servants are spreading fictitious information to the press and in the process compromising the integrity of the Civil Service.’

Dave Wiltshire, secretary of the All Trades Union Alliance, told News Line: ‘The idea that the British state is some independent body that will serve whatever government of the day is just nonsense, the civil service is part of the capitalist state and serves the ruling class.

‘The state is very worried – not that Corbyn is sick but that an election of a Corbyn government will bring millions of workers onto the street to fight for their jobs, their wages and their basic rights.’