your guide on how to celebrate World Beard Day on 5th September

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2015 by kmflett

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has produced a brief guide on how to celebrate World Beard Day on 5th September

1 do not shave and avoid all barbers shops

2 marinate your beard in imperial stout

3 at midday raise a glass and chant Jeremy Corbyn: beard power

4 celebrate pogonophilia by making sure your beard is seen in public places

5 if you do not have a beard wear a knitted organic version

Have fun, stuff pogonophobes



World Beard Day poem for Corbyn

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2015 by kmflett

The Morning Star has reported that Jeremy Corbyn has been writing poetry as he travels the country addressing meetings.

Here is the Beard Liberation Front’s World Beard Day Poem for Corbyn

I wandered lonely

As a shop of barbers

In a meeting of hirsute men

Yes! Beards are back

Beards are here to stay

Pogonophilia will win the daycorbynicon2


Haringey Trades Council says refugees are welcome in the Borough

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2015 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Council the North London wing of the TUC has said that Prime Minister David Cameron has called it wrong over Britain accepting refugees.

The trade unionists say that despite the Borough having some of the poorest Council Wards in the UK it has a tradition of welcoming refugees many of whom have gone on to become the backbone of the community over the years.

Haringey TUC is backing the protest on September 12th (Marble Arch midday) in support of refugees called by Stand Up to Racism and others.

A car loaded with supplies for those in Calais, organised & driven by Haringey socialists and trade unionists is heading to France this weekend to provide very practical solidarity and support

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, Haringey draws strength from its diverse community built on refugees and immigrants. We celebrate it and are determined to  offer solidarity to refugees from recent wars


World Beard Day: Labour leadership contenders must back Beard Friendly Britain

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 2nd September

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266



The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with World Beard Day on 5th September it is time for all 4 Labour leadership candidates to make their position clear on beards and pogonophobia.

The campaigners say that while Jeremy Corbyn is known to be beard friendly the position of the other candidates is less clear.

The BLF has laid out 5 key elements of a Beard Friendly Britain which it wants the leadership contenders to back

1 Restrictions on barber’s shops and in particular window displays

2 No shaving zones in high beard population density areas such as Shoreditch

3 No VAT on beard care products

4 Pogonophobic remarks to become illegal

5 Knitted organic beards to be freely available on the NHS

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, World Beard Day is a celebration of the hirsute but we want to know where the Labour leadership contenders stand on a Beard Friendly Britain






5 reasons why some may fear Jeremy Corbyn because of his beard

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 2nd September

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266



The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that a significant reason for what has been termed ‘Corbynphobia’ ,dislike of Jeremy Corbyn, which has been a significant summer issue in social media and some parts of the broadcast and print media, may well be pogonophobia- fear of facial hair.

The campaigners have listed 5 key reasons why they believe Pogonophobia may be behind Corbynphobia:

1 Corbyn’s beard is hiding something- secret left-wing policies or a weak chin possibly

2 Corbyn’s beard is seeking to disguise his appearance and make him appear to be something he is not. Piers Corbyn, the well known weather forecaster and brother of Jeremy, is clean shaven

3 Corbyn’s beard may represent something pedantic and annoying in his character. The Private Eye ‘man with a beard’ caricature

4 Corbyn’s beard symbolises a politics far to the left of his stated positions. Castro and Che Guevara both had revolutionary beards. Corbyn may see his beard to be more in the Keir Hardie tradition, officially

5 As in Roald Dahl’s The Twits Corbyn’s beard may contain small fragments of previously consumed organic food and drink

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, of course pogonphobia is irrational but that does not make it any the less real for those who suffer from it. It seems likely that a good deal of what is termed Corbynphobia has a fear of beards at its root.




Whose beard is the most Labour: Jeremy Corbyn or Keir Hardie?

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2015 by kmflett

corbynpeakKeir Hardie

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Melissa Benn’s view in The Guardian (1.9) that Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is the heir to Keir Hardie has substance.

However the campaigners say that this begs an important question. Whose beard is most Labour? Jeremy Corbyn or Keir Hardie?


On Jeremy Corbyn, E.P. Thompson & the Rule of Law

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2015 by kmflett

On Jeremy Corbyn, E.P Thompson & the Rule of Law


I was at the T20 cricket in Cardiff on Monday (of which more anon) so the latest ‘controversy’ to engulf Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn passed just briefly through my twitter feed.

Essentially Corbyn had said that the death of Bin Laden was a tragedy. This was not some kind of fraternal support for a fellow beard wearer, or support for terrorism, as the usual corbynphobics were of course quick to claim.

He meant that it would have been better to have put Bin Laden on trial for his alleged crimes (remembering that though these may be obvious there is a principle of innocence until guilt is proven or confessed) than just kill him.

It is an historical what if question since Bin Laden is dead and it may well  not have been possible to put him on trial, although the Allies did a good job (parallels are clearly not exact) with many leading Nazis after 1945.

I noticed however a significant twitter support for just killing Bin Laden and not putting him on trial from people who I take it were Labour supporters.

Now I’m an old Marxist with a beard so I know and can deploy arguments about the class nature of justice, victor’s justice and so on. The democracies of the West are keen enough on the rule of law, except when it doesn’t suit them. That after all is partly what the CIA, secret prisoners and all that are about.

Usually it is the very people who were criticising Corbyn for suggesting a trial who attack people like myself for suggesting that justice isn’t always what is cracked up to be.

We could just leave it there but I believe (and have said before) that I think EP Thompson in Whigs and Hunters had a point about the importance of due process and the rule of law. It may be that those officially charged with operating such things don’t take it as seriously as they should all the time.

Given things like the Gulag however(for which far from all the left was responsible for clearly but guilt by supposed association weighs strongly) the left really does need to take it seriously even if it is complex and contradictory.

So I agree with Jeremy Corbyn that if it had been possible it would have been a good idea to put Bin Laden on trial. It would have shut up at least some of the conspiracy theorists who argue all kinds of things if an open and reasonably transparent process of justice had been followed.

It might well be argued (certainly by those in some way sympathetic to whatever he claimed to believe in) that Bin Laden could never have got justice but he, and anyone else famous or obscure, still deserve their day in Court.

I might expect some Tories at least to disagree. That people who back Labour think that bumping people off rather than due process might be Ok does suggest the need on their part to have a read of EP Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class again and ponder some of the principles that underwrote the formation of the modern labour movement.


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