Corbyn does not support terrorism – discuss

Just over one day to go in this Election campaign and whilst all parties would prefer it not to be such an issue for varying reasons, the inevitable consequence of the dreadful bombing of innocents in Manchester and the butchery and savagery of the London attacks is that security is the primary concern.

Jeremy Corbyn has had a long history of supporting and justifying the actions of islamic terrorism, often blaming the West and “military intervention” for terrorist attacks here in the UK and elsewhere. He could not resist referring to this whilst responding to the. Manchester bomb of the 22nd May 2017. He has done this previously many times , watch this video of a speech he made shortly after the 7/7 bombings in London , on a stage with another apologist Galloway:


In 2010 he made one of several appearances on Press TV, the Iranian state TV channel. A country that denies the Holocaust, executes gays, sponsors terror worldwide, helped kill and maim British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and since 1979 has never held a free election. Iran threatens a genocide of the Jews of Israel.  He used the appearance to attack Israel and reportedly received £20,000 for his appearances.


Every year in London , our liberal and tolerant country allow a demonstration known as Al Quds day which is basically a Muslim hate festival against Israel, there is no shortage of illegal and proscribed organisations taking part openly displaying their flags. The yellow and green one is the banner of Hezbollah. Corbyn takes part in these events and spoke at the 2012 one.


Corbyn is well known as the Chairperson of the Stop the War Coalition from 2011 until his election as Labour leader. Formed shortly after the 9/11 attacks on New York, this organisation played on the understandable need for peace from many diverse groups for its support , but in fact was a group controlled by the hard left Socialist Workers Party who seek to overthrow capitalism. As part of their ideology they are entrenched opponents of anything and everything connected to the US, the UK and Israel in particular and the West in general.


You can see Corbyn on the platform, the man at the microphone is Andrew Murray, not the tennis hero, but a member of the Communist party for over 40 years, an apologist for Stalin and a defender of North Korea. He rejoined the Labour party in 2016, presumably paying his £3, and was recently seconded by the Unite Union to Labour HQ to help Corbyn’s election campaign.

Labour are desperately trying to walk the tightrope of sensitivity to the recent attacks and trying to make political capital out of perceived Conservative shortcomings with police numbers. The London Bridge atrocity was thankfully dealt with within 8 minutes of the first call, a correct and decisive action saved many lives. Let’s hear from Corbyn about the so-called Shoot to Kill policy:


You could go and on, detailing the 13 different terror laws he voted against over his 30 renegade years as a Labour MP, his trip to Tunisia to attend a commemoration of a Palestinian murderer of the Israeli Olympic athletes, his defence of Iran and Syria, inviting Islamic terrorists Hamas to the House of Commons, his with other extremists.

On Thursday , ask yourself one question – is this a man you want to be the leader of this country?

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Corbyn is a good man, an honest man…discuss.

Think forward 20 years, could you elect a person who openly supported islamic extremists and their cause? Who you knew had refused to condemn them even though they had just murdered 22 people in your city?

This is an interesting General Election campaign. What started as almost a textbook exercise of increasing a Tory majority, has become slightly more of a race between the two traditional parties as the Conservative strategy of relying on a simple message of “Strong and Stable” is beginning to grate on the nerves at the same time as showing up as less than stable. This combined with some badly-judged manifesto ideas, such as the cost of care for older people has perhaps begun to put doubts in the mind of the undecided.

In the red corner, Labour have managed to increase their showing in the polls. One strategy has been to keep potentially toxic people out of the media spotlight. We have seen nothing of John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, for weeks, Angela Raynor, a potential Education secretary without a single academic qualification to her name, seems to have been reined in. What is significant is the rise of the use of Social Media campaigns by the left. There are, undoubtedly, hundreds if not thousands of Momentum supporters working endlessly at their keyboards, sharing childish memes, images, scare stories and downright lies across Facebook and Twitter. Always ready to comment and troll on any and every politically orientated discussion from Newspaper articles to BBC question time. This is the future – get used to it.

The cleverest part of Labour’s strategy has been to relaunch Corbyn. Gone are the charity shop jacket and trousers, the Jesus sandals and the “Just popping down to the allotment” casual look. In comes the smart navy blue suit ( perhaps as suggested by David Cameron’s mother ) , the socialist red tie and the blameless white shirt. All designed to pitch Corbyn as a world leader, ironically aping the Trump Look.

But after all the media coaching, the ready made answers to the tricky questions, the constant appeal to  younger idealistic voters with feel-good platitudes and popular promises, there remains the reality that can never be airbrushed:

Jeremy Corbyn , as well as John McDonnell and Diane Abbot, thoughout his political career has been an active, ardent and committed supporter of Irish Republicanism and the IRA. He is trying to pretend now for political gain he was part of the peace process, he most certainly was not.

So here is a reminder for those over 40 and a wake up call to anyone else about the IRA in the UK:

In 1974, they placed a bomb on a coach travelling from Manchester to Yorkshire, it exploded , ripping out the back of the coach and killed 12 people including 2 boys aged 5 and 2.

In the same year they placed bombs in 2 pubs in Guildford and Birmingham , killing a total of 26 people.

In 1979, they killed 18 British soldiers in one single incident with a bomb in a culvert.

in 1982, they placed 2 separate bombs in Hyde Park and Regents Park on the same day in July, killing 11 people and seven horses.

They attempted to murder the whole government when in 1984, they placed a bomb in a Brighton hotel where they were staying. Only 5 were killed this time.

What do you think of the murder of Lee Rigby by the two murderous Islamic extremists? It was not the first time that off duty soldiers had been hunted down and murdered on British soil, watch this video about how two soldiers were hunted down , stripped, tortured, and then shot repeatedly in the head by the IRA because they got caught up in the wrong funeral.

here is a priest giving one of the soldiers the last rites:

And so it went on up to and including the 1993 Warrington bombings which resulted in the deaths of two little boys out shopping for a Mother’s Day card:

The IRA were responsible for many, many more bombings and murders. Over 1700 people died as a result of their “Just War” . In 1987 Corbyn attended a London Commemoration for IRA members killed and said he was  “happy to commemorate all those who died fighting for an independent Ireland”.

Finally, as an echo of that dreadful atrocity at the Manchester Arena by the piece of Islamist scum Abedi, we had our own IRA bomb in the centre of Manchester on a bright Saturday morning in July. A truck full of semtex was parked outside Marks and Spencers on Cross Street, fortunately due to some great police work and extensive evacuation following the bomb’s discovery no one was killed although 212 were injured.

Remember all this when next Thursday comes and it’s time to vote. You may be a Labour supporter, you may be a hater of the Tories, you may want a better opposition but we all deserve better than to be led by a man who actively supported the people who committed these atrocities, and continues to refuse to condemn them directly.

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Tattoo-shops, consulates, grim head-scarfed wives..

What do I know of Hull? Is it Kingston on Hull or just Hull, ‘Ull?

I remember it was voted Britain’s most crap town in 2003. Does it not reek of fish or has the smell evaporated with the decline of its fishing fleet? What else? John “two jags” Prescott was its most famous MP, it still has its own telephone company, no BT there. They play Rugby league, the football team is nicknamed the Tigers and the refusenik poet laureate, Philip Larkin, chose to live and work there.

And that’s about it. We usually stay at home on Bank Holidays but today we will break with tradition and visit the Uk Capital of Culture for 2017.

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Christmas Quiz 2016

How soon it all comes round again! For the fourteenth year in a row we are joining a group of increasingly decrepit friends for our annual Christmas Lunch at the Arden Arms in Stockport. I wonder how many of us will be back home for the final of Strictly? And after all the trouble I have gone to setting up the VIP passes at the Bamboo in Hazel Grove….

The quiz this year follows the same format as last year, it is an individual one and , despite my claims that everyone could answer every question, every now and again the alcohol prevented this.

I believe that this is also a quiz that is “Google proof” as simply having a correct answer is not a guarantee of the best score. Anyway give it a go and remember, Teddy, Alcohol and the Arctic are all wrong answers.

Links to everything below (they are printable PDF’s) :

xmas quiz 2016

xmas quiz 2016 answers

xmas quiz 2016 answer sheet

Previous quizzes can be found for earlier years on this site, simply use the search box using the term “quiz”

If you like the quiz and use it to entertain family and friends then a comment or email would be nice.

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North Manchester Grammar School for boys

is the school I attended between 1964 and 1971. This week I received an email out of the blue from an old classmate, with a subject line “Doc Holliday” which initially confused me until I remembered that he was our Form master at 14 and also our Classics teacher. We studied both Latin and Ancient Greek in those days. The old classmate, Ian Gregson, suggested meeting for an hour to reminisce.

Ian was staying with another old contemporary, Steve Ormrod, and an hour in the cafe turned effortlessly into two hours as we caught up with more than forty years worth of past lives.

I took along some old photos from 1970, a shot on the front lawn of North Manchester and two football teams. Perhaps posting them here will help people recognise themselves or others. If you can name anyone I have missed, feel free to comment below and make good any omissions or errors. Apologies for any initial failings to put names to faces.

North Manchester Grammar School for Boys 1970

North Manchester Grammar School for Boys 1970

If your eyes are failing like mine,then the photo is larger if you click on it.

Back Row from the left: Bannister, Kev Lloyd, ? , ?, ? John Patten, Steve Ormrod,Peter Jagger, Dave Patten, Roger Fielding, Paul Rose, Gary Phillips, Kay, ? ,Barlow ,John Hampson, Hesketh, Peaker, Jack Pickett

Front Row from the left: Colin Pemberton, Paul Rowley, Garry March, Ted Stockton, Terry Tomlison, Clough, Headmaster Slater, Peter Booth, Asst Headmaster Jennings, Derek Brown, Andy Monks, Khalid Jeelani, ? , ? , Paul Lamb

Amended following Steve Ormrod’s comment

Now two Football teams from 1970:

North Manchester Grammar Soccer First Team 1970

North Manchester Grammar Soccer First Team 1970

North Manchester second team 1970

North Manchester second team 1970

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Thoughts on the Brexit aftermath

The Times was only just catching up today with it’s print edition to Friday morning’s momentous news. Two things in particular struck a chord with me. Firstly in an article about an upmarket corner of Clapham in Lambeth, the south London borough that registered the highest Remain vote, a young woman was portrayed:

She and her husband have well-paid jobs in the City — she works for a US investment bank — but there are still plenty of things for her to worry about: the economy, their mortgage (a large one), the stability of Europe and, not least, the prospect of Boris Johnson becoming prime minister.

“I used to be a real BoJo fan,” she said. “But that’s when I thought he could never be PM. I’m massively not a fan now.”

Until yesterday she was convinced that Remain would win.

“Most of my well-educated, intelligent, politically engaged friends were all Inners,” she said. “I lived in a bubble of young, university-educated mates. I was arrogant.”

Next there was a piece by the commentator , Janice Turner, which I reproduce here in full at my own risk and hope that Murdoch’s copyright lawyers are not paying attention. Those feeling that they have been betrayed by those “racist, liitle englander old people” for whom apparently you will no longer be giving up your seat on the bus for, perhaps would do well to read and consider:

Ragtag rebels who had nothing left to lose

Janice Turner

Why are we surprised the working class gave two fingers to a future of uncontrolled migration and zero-hours shifts?

A referendum is a binary choice: yes or no, stay or leave. As was the breakdown of results: north or south, working or middle class, young or old, city or shire. But what if, like me, you are — to borrow the jargon of the “gender fluidity” brigade –— Brexit non-binary? Prole roots but bourgeois life; northerner living in London. Sitting at the fulcrum made a voting decision more tortuous but the result less of a surprise.

Travelling back and forth to South Yorkshire, I’ve marvelled for years at the contempt such communities are held in by London friends, supposed progressives, people with power. You could see a ragtag rebellion kicking up dust, gathering strength, a long way off if you’d bothered to look.

In London I hear people rave about the “gig economy”, the cheapness of Uber, the snap-your-fingers-and-it’s-here Amazon Prime and Deliveroo. So modern, and the people who serve you, well, they’re young dudes or hard-working migrants. It’s cool! Outside cities, the gig economy means fiftysomething ex-miners turned minicab drivers, the jobcentre presenting you with a list not of sits-vac but temp agencies that may give you six weeks packing salad or a week of warehouse night shifts.

Success has a thousand fathers and Farage, Gove and Johnson will be writ large on Brexit’s birth certificate. I’d add plenty more. Sneering Remain sophisticates banging on about how the EU means Bach and Bergman; second-homers Instagramming burgundy passports and weeping they’ll never see Paris again; any narcissist with a man-bag who characterised the British working class as wholly bigots, loudmouths, ugly chavs, racists and fools.

Are you surprised they disdained “experts” when bankers and politicians have ravaged their life chances, or that they ignored George Osborne when his “£4,300 worse off” claim just echoed his endless austerity budgets? Of course, when they finally got a chance, they’d stick two fingers in your face. Those whose forebears fuelled the industrial revolution, whose parents fought for and lost whole communities, are now told they’re no longer the workers we need. They’re not flexible, eager, young Stakhanovites who don’t mind being strip-searched before minimum-wage shifts. They want — the outrage! — training, job security, to raise families, pay mortgages.

Mike Ashley and Sir Philip Green, Next, Amazon . . . every employer that treated its workers like interchangeable slave-bots helped take us out of the EU. Hearing the left proclaim Brexit would mean a bonfire of employment rights, I’d wonder where trade unions have been in this zero-hours decade protecting workers who already have no rights at all.

Immigration was, let’s not pretend otherwise, the central issue here. The unsaid was now said, often and crudely, feeding viciousness and rancour. However, 52 per cent of Britain is not racist: we have long absorbed great shifts of people, are more inclusive of other cultures, have more interracial relationships than any nation in Europe: we’ve made foreign dishes our national cuisine. We have not changed.

Rather, a specific angst had incubated for years about unrestricted freedom of movement, a concept I believe for many — especially the most economically insecure — is psychologically unendurable. Stripped back, it is a mind-blowing proposition: all of Greece, say, could move here tomorrow. Yes, of course, they won’t. But they could! No, they won’t. But what if they do? This principle, regardless of numbers, activates a primal fear, a nagging worry that your back door is unlocked but you’re forbidden to shut it, while people tell you it will be fine.

Free movement suits big business, which benefits from cheap, limitless labour; it suits a young, educated cosmopolitan workforce; it suits our now-stymied children who long to study abroad; it suits me. But try selling it in poor provincial towns to people who may not even have a passport; those who feel no benefits from this shiny fast-flowing global world; who are lectured by all parties about the GDP benefits of migration while their own wages are undercut.

That towns with the fewest migrants fear immigration most is always seen as a measure of working-class stupidity. But in a diverse city, migrants are just a few extra pixels in the frame; in a small town they are a distinct event, a challenge to a fragile identity. And identity — as we have seen — is not a phantasm but a banner that people are prepared to risk economic destruction to protect. Besides, there are the unprecedented migration numbers — half a million added to our population in a year — which no one ever has the courage to address.

We didn’t wake up yesterday in “Nigel Farage’s Britain”, as hyperbolic Remainers lament. Few want a Ukip government: its charlatans and raging free marketeers offer nothing to the dispossessed. Brexit revealed austerity-weary, frightened voters who want housing, security and proper jobs. Jeremy Corbyn’s In campaign may have been half-hearted but after a decade of Labour misleading its voters about migration he could have had Jean-Claude Juncker tattooed on his chest. Far, far too late have Ed Balls and Tom Watson acknowledged that free movement needs reform. Without this the whole European project will fall.

As a Brexit non-binary I had bitter, upsetting rows for weeks with everyone I love. I voted Remain in the end. The Breaking Point poster was my breaking point. These Leavers were not my people and would never deliver social justice. But here we are! Everything to play for, if only the Labour Party can eject Jeremy Corbyn and seize the day. In the meantime, as our eyes shift from our European neighbours to each other, it is time for a less binary Britain — more understanding, less hate.

Janice Turner

I wonder how many of the well-educated, young , politically savvy disappointed remainers who are now tilting at windmills such as an Independent London or are petitioning Parliament for a re-run of the referendum ( Best of three please ) were also among those who swept Corbyn to power last year.

Perhaps if the Three quid, Tinpot Trotsky had ignored his advisors such as Seamus Milne and engaged properly with the campaign to Remain,  had managed to mobilise just one in twenty of disaffected old labour out there in the sticks then it would not have come to this.

You want someone to blame – Jez you can !


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Should I stay or Should I go?

The EU referendum vote is perhaps one of the most important votes we will ever take part in. We have been exposed to the arguments for and against all day in every form of media constantly now for weeks. Everyone has an opinion and most importantly every one has a stake in the result.

What fascinates me most is that virtually every person or organisation in a position of power and influence has an agenda and as such has sought to promote their agenda whilst trying to pretend that it has the greater good of the country and the people at heart. The corollary of this is that they are asking the millions of the great unwashed with the least power and influence to set aside their own personal agendas and vote for the greater good.

It could be Mark Carney of the Bank of England or the chancellor, George Osborne, urging us to remain in their capacity as experts on the economy but really is not their real purpose to ensure that they are not embarrassed by an economic downturn post exit?

It could be Boris Johnson, desperate to appear as the archetypal British Bulldog, a 21st century Winston Churchill, who really has an ultimate ambition of becoming Prime Minister. A few days ago Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair’s spin doctor, claimed on Twitter that the Brexit lie machine is run by multi-millionaire tax dodgers fuelling anger and hate, followed by yesterday 125 business leaders, surely not multi-millionaire tax dodgers, writing to the Times urging us to not vote leave.

I wonder if Martin Sorrell of WPP, for one, worries about getting a GP’s appointment in Boston, Lincolnshire ahead of a queue of Lithuanian cabbage pickers or that his Grandchildren are feeling isolated in their primary school because they are the only ones who don’t speak Urdu or Bengali. Perhaps Martin’s £70 million a year pay package allows him to mitigate some of those issues.

How do we make our mind up? Have we even considered the issues or are we just sticking to our primal prejudices and orientations without needing to look too closely. As someone from the North West, aged sixty plus, largely Conservative voter, playing golf and with working class origins I should be a definite out voter but then again I read The Times, enjoy a middle class life/style and have a degree so this makes me likely Remain fodder.

Mysterious woods

For a long time I believed I would vote to leave. I was not afraid of that leap in the dark, I want this country to stay as it was, but that’s the point – it isn’t what it was. Leaving the EU will not not significantly change the demographic make up of this country, immigration will continue in one form or another, those immigrants that are here already will not be going anywhere.

I don’t believe that the EC has been the prime factor in keeping the peace, that’s what NATO is for, but the EU is the braces to the belt of NATO.

With trade, we are not prevented from exporting to the rest of the world and , as the leave camp are fond of telling us, tariffs and barriers to trade are low in many areas where we do not have a formal trade agreement.

With many of the other issues with the EU , do they pass the “So What” test for me personally? In many cases the answer is no. Much is wrong with the EU and it desperately needs both reform and reining in but is that a reason to leave?

So what to do? I have decided on two things: firstly I will vote for my agenda and best interests and those of my immediate family and secondly, as in the most recent General election, I will keep in mind that the economy is the most important aspect of the whole debate. I believe that the economy will suffer following a leave vote, it is not inconceivable that we will move into recession, that prices will rise and interest rates will also follow. Do I want more expensive mortgages for my children? Do I want a recession in the economy? Do I want the financial services Industry start to drift away to Frankfurt or Paris? We have a stable economy at present and should devote energies into maximising tax revenues to pay for the increase in services.

I will be voting to remain and I hope that whatever the result, this country puts the result behind it and works to resolve the issues that at least half of the country feel important.

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