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Haringey trade unionists urge vote against the politics of division on 5th May

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Union Council

Press release 3rd May contact Secretary, Keith Flett 07803 167266

Haringey Trade Unionists urge vote against the politics of division on 5th May

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Haringey Trades Council has urged trade unionists to make sure they turn out to vote in the 5th May elections for the London Mayor and Assembly.

The campaign has been disfigured by suggestions by Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith that his Labour opponent Sadiq Khan has alleged links to terrorism.

The trade unionists say that many will vote Labour, while others may prefer the Greens Sian Berry or Respect’s George Galloway, perhaps particularly for the Mayoral second preference. However one of the key things on Thursday is to reject the politics of Islamophobia and stand for a united London. That means turning out to vote in elections which have not attracted as high a turnout as their importance warrants in the past.

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, I personally think that while trade unionists will certainly have disagreements with him, having Sadiq Khan as the first Muslim Mayor of a major European capital would underline that the real London is about diversity and tolerance and not the dog whistle politics of division.

 

 

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Poll for most Beard Friendly London Mayoral candidate bristling as midnight deadline nears

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

3rd May

Contact keith Flett 07803 16766

Poll for most Beard Friendly London Mayoral candidate bristling as midnight deadline nears

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The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that with the poll for the most Beard Friendly London Mayoral candidate set to close at midnight on 3rd May, competition is bristling.

Green candidate Sian Berry is leading but Respect’s George Galloway and Labour’s Sadiq Khan are mounting a last minute challenge

The BLF is not party political but supports Beard Friendly candidates at Election times.

The group which campaigns against, beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute says that it hopes the main candidates will endorse its programme for a Beard Friendly London

FOR A BEARD FRIENDLY LONDON

Measures the BLF wants to see introduced into London after the poll include:

Action to prevent social discrimination against the hirsute in London’s bars and restaurants

A crack down on displays in barber’s shops windows

Restrictions on displays of shaving materials in High St shops

Specific action to stop taxi drivers refusing fares from the hirsute

A quota for the employment of the hirsute in the Metropolitan police

More hirsute employees at City Hall

A celebration of the diverse styles of dress and appearance of Londoners on the South Bank each year

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the hirsute vote on Thursday in some areas of London will be considerable so the outcome of this poll could be influential

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London Mayor: Zac Goldsmith accused of running pogonophobic campaign

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE        2nd May

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

LONDON MAYOR: ZAC GOLDSMITH ACCUSED OF RUNNING POGONOPHOBIC CAMPAIGN

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With just days to go before the London Mayor elections on May 5th the Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith is still trailing in the vote for who would make the most Beard Friendly Mayor.

The campaigners say that suspicions have grown in recent weeks that Goldsmith, who is perpetually clean shaven, is running a pogonophobic campaign, deliberately ignoring the considerable hirsute vote in London.

The Greens Sian Berry leads the poll with George Galloway second and Sadiq Khan third.

The poll closes at midnight on Tuesday May 3rd

The BLF is not party political but supports Beard Friendly candidates at Election times.

The group which campaigns against, beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute says that it hopes the main candidates will endorse its programme for a Beard Friendly London

FOR A BEARD FRIENDLY LONDON

Measures the BLF wants to see introduced into London after the poll include:

Action to prevent social discrimination against the hirsute in London’s bars and restaurants

A crack down on displays in barber’s shops windows

Restrictions on displays of shaving materials in High St shops

Specific action to stop taxi drivers refusing fares from the hirsute

A quota for the employment of the hirsute in the Metropolitan police

More hirsute employees at City Hall

A celebration of the diverse styles of dress and appearance of Londoners on the South Bank each year

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, clearly Zac Goldsmith is very clean shaven and he has so far said precisely nothing to attract the hirsute vote. There must be a suspicion of pogonophobia here.

Who is the most Beard Friendly London Mayoral candidate?

 

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Jeremy Corbyn first Labour leader to speak at London May Day since 1960s

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by kmflett

On May 1st Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the start of the London May Day march at Clerkenwell Green, a venue for radical and labour movement demonstrations since the first decades of the nineteenth century.

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Clerkenwell Green May 1st 2016

The point was made that Corbyn was the first Labour leader to speak at a London May Day rally for 50 years. The historical record is obscure but if by that is meant the 1960s that is probably correct.

Harold Wilson spoke at in 1964, before he became Prime Minister later in the year. The rally that year was in Hyde Park.

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He also spoke in 1969 (May 4th) and included words that Jeremy Corbyn may still find relevant: ‘May I say, for the benefit of those who have been carried away by the gossip of the last few days, that I know what’s going on. [pause] I’m going on, and the Labour government’s going on.’

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The Ambridge Socialist: May Day issue

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

May 1st CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

May Day issue

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The Ambridge May Pole has once again been found and erected (worringly by Lynda Snell) and the Borchester Morris Men will perform a traditional Borsetshire dance with sticks. The BBC of course still makes no mention of the traditional Borsetshire May Day march which proceeds through Borchester each May 1st.

As usual this year Joe Grundy will lead the contingent from the Borsetshire Red Front under the slogan ‘Stuff the Archers,  All Power to the Peasants and Workers’

The May 5th Programme of the Borsetshire Red Front

Expropriate the Archers now (all of them)

Build a statue to the unknown farm labourer on Ambridge Village Green

Arrest Justin Eliott for tax evasion

Give speaking parts to all the non-speaking characters in the Archers. Give the voiceless, voices!

Put Titchener on trial now

In Other News

Pat and Tony have been to Court after Titchener & Ursual kidnapped Henry. They have got access one day a week which Titchener won’t give them

The Professor has been resisting Jazzer’s attempts to move back in to his refurbished dwelling but looks to be softening after the intervention of Saint Shula.

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May Day 1916

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by kmflett

May Day 1916

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If the left remembers May Day 1916 it is perhaps because German socialist leader Karl Liebknecht was arrested for making an anti-First World War speech at the Berlin May Day rally. The Daily Herald (weekly in wartime) described him in its 13th May 1916 issue as a ‘courageous and untiring leader’.

There are also memories of the Dublin Easter Rising which had concluded, Easter being late that year, only on April 30th and with the leaders, including James Connolly, yet to be shot by the British.

Going back to the late 1880s London had developed a tradition of two May Day demonstrations. One that took place on the day itself, which involved workers taking strike action and another which was organised for the Sunday immediately afterwards.

The Daily Herald reported that there was no London May Day demonstration on May 1st 1916 and their correspondent wrote of walking the empty streets of central London where the demonstration would otherwise have been. He reported ‘the fraternity of the proletariat is no more’

Yet this wasn’t really the case even in the middle of a bloody imperialist war. There were May Day demonstrations around Europe on the 1st May and in Britain on Sunday May 7th in 1916.

The Herald in its 6th May 1916 issue had noted that May Day marches and meetings in Milan and Austria had been banned but in its next issue reported that in Milan ‘a small socialist demonstration against the war’ had taken place.

The Austrian Arbiter Zeitung reported that May Day had ‘passed quietly’ in Vienna with an ‘ardent desire for peace’ but there had been 20 arrests in Prague.

The Herald also noted that Madrid workers had a ‘manifestation of imposing proportions and earnest spirit’ on May 1st.

It also mentioned the 1st May 1916 issue of the Italian socialist paper Avanti which had a feature on the ‘apostles and fighters of International Socialism’. These included Ramsay Macdonald, Jowett, Glazier, Keir Hardie and Philip Snowden.

The 13th May 1916 edition of the Herald covered two of the demonstrations on 7th May. One was in Leicester where a ‘united Labour Day procession’ marched to a mass meeting in the market place where the ‘Chief Speaker’ was J Ramsay MacDonald MP.

The main report however was of events in Glasgow. The Herald reported this was the ‘greatest May Day demonstration’ ever in the city despite ‘an incessant downpour of rain’. There were it seems 3000 socialists and trade unionists who were ‘accompanied by their wives, children and friends’. Fortunately the character of the labour movement has moved on a bit in the intervening 100 years in this respect.

Glasgow Green saw 14 platforms, before the era of loudspeakers and megaphones, to allow ‘the gigantic crowd to hear the various speakers in comfort’. Taking into account the rain, there were still 60 speakers.

The Herald reported that ‘each platform carried with acclamation a resolution pledging those present to work for the overthrow of the capitalist system’.

In a strikingly modern echo the Herald also noted ‘it would have done the Parliamentary Labour Party good if they had been present to hear how their Glasgow constituents cheered for peace and denounced conscription’,

Conscription for single men, later extended to all under 50, had been introduced in March 1916.

Finally the Herald reported that on May 1st and subsequent days the Glasgow Independent Labour Party had seen women members and children sell 50,000 red flowers symbolising socialism.

Those who stood out for socialist internationalism in the middle of a world war in 1916 should inspire us a century on

this post appeared in the Morning Star

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May Day beard waggle aims to levitate Cameron out of Downing St

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE  May 1st

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

MAY DAY BEARD WAGGLE AIMS TO LEVITATE CAMERON OUT OF DOWNING ST

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that it aims to levitate David Cameron out of Downing St when it revives the ancient May Day tradition of Beard Waggling in Trafalgar Square on Sunday.

The beard waggle involves shaking the beard vigorously from side to side and in doing so stimulating air currents that can cause objects to levitate slightly.

The tradition is believed to originate in late medieval times, and was designed to underline the new Spring growth of facial hair and in later periods with it the hope of change and renewal represented by May Day itself

The BLF traditionally asks its supporters, on the traditional London May Day march from Clerkenwell Green, to waggle their beards individually or collectively as the mood takes them to celebrate the arrival of Spring and to strike a blow against a still largely clean shaven political culture.

The campaigners say that if wind conditions are right a beard waggle in Trafalgar Square could create currents down Whitehall that would levitate perpetually beardless David Cameron out of Downing St.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there is a tiny margin for error in any attempt to use the air currents created by a collective beard waggle to promote a levitation, so weather conditions will need to be just right if we are to succeed in our attempt to eject Mr Cameron from No.10

 

 

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