Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Reign of Corruption


WAS anyone really surprised when the Conservative Party declared what The Daily Telegraph referred to as a "war on the countryside" in which property developers will be given pretty much free rein and effectively be subsidised by the state?

Did anyone really believe that this political party is steered by a set of values, amongst which is the protection of the environment? Did anyone believe, for that matter, that when the Labour Party came to power six years before the invasion of Iraq it was really committed to pursuing an “ethical foreign policy”?

Anyone who has paying the slightest bit of attention can see that the “principles” which these parties flaunt when they are fighting election campaigns are nothing but empty lies.

And yet the media, and therefore a certain part of the population, continue to treat their representatives as they are genuinely involved in some great battle of ideas, as if they are truly motivated by the slick reasons and excuses they present to the public.

The BBC for instance, will often say that the government “believes” such and such to be the correct solution, or that the prime minister “believes” he was right to act in a certain way. 

What they are really reporting is that the government or prime minister says they believe something, but by missing out that all-important division between the politician’s statement and the BBC’s reporting of it, they are endorsing that statement and telling us that our authority figures can always be assumed to be telling the truth. The trust that the public (for some reason!) has in the BBC is therefore projected, subtly, on to the government or minister.

In fact, politicians are rarely truthful about their actual beliefs, if indeed they have any. Naked greed, self-interest and power-lust, bolstered by bribery, flattery and blackmail, are their only values and principles. We are living under a reign of corruption, where the most venal and ruthless hold all the wealth and the power that it commands.

We do not live in a democracy. We live in a plutocracy which disguises itself as a democracy in order to keep the population pacified.

The disease which we term capitalism has only one aim, and that is to continue to grow and spread. It is not based on principles or values or judgements, and neither are the politicians, journalists and cops who serve it.

It does not care about the countryside or the environment, or the future of life on the planet. It does not care about people’s health or wellbeing. It is happy to preside over war, torture, slavery, pollution – anything that is necessary to maintain its own cancerous growth.

It cannot be reasoned with. It cannot be reformed. It has to be destroyed.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Combe Haven Rising!

Combe Haven Rising: A Week of Activities, Exhibitions, Valley Walks and Workshops Against the Link Road!
Spring is coming, birds are nesting, the sap is rising and so rises the NO LINK ROAD CAMPAIGN.  Combe Haven Rising is a week of events co-hosted by The Combe Haven Defenders, Artists and Combe Valley, Crowhurst Villagers and Hastings Arts Forum.
Here’s what’s in store:

Fri 15th March:
Adrian Arbib: Solsbury Hill, a road protest in AF2
Private View, 6.30- 8.30pm Arts Forum, 36 Marina St. Leonards, TN38 0BU
Web: https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/adrian-arbib-road-protest-photo-exhibition-14-26-mar-talk-18-mar/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/463646063689882/
rebelliousmediaSat 16th March:
Activist Media Training, 2-5.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings,TN34 1SA
Web: https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/activist-media-training-sat-16-march/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/523915960986167/
Sun 17th March:
Eyes in the Valley Walk. Walking the route of the road. Meet at West St Leonards train station at 11.30 am. Walk ends at the Plough pub, Crowhurst. Approximately 6 miles long, rail replacement buses or taxi’s (£12) available for return.
angry treeArtists & Combe Valley Open Event 6-8 p.m. The Memorial Art Gallery, 7 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DG
Web: http://artistsandcombevalley.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/446077792132182/
rebelliousmediaMon 18th March:
Adrian Arbib talking about the 1990s roads protests and their legacy.
Arts Forum, 6.30 – 8pm
Web: https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/adrian-arbib-road-protest-photo-exhibition-14-26-mar-talk-18-mar/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/293582364101856/
Events put on and supported by:
Combe Haven Defenders, Artists and Combe Haven, The Arts Forum, Crowhurst Villagers, BLINKRR and Hastings Alliance