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Trump One Year On: protesting & surviving in Haringey

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2018 by kmflett

Trump One Year on: protesting and surviving in Haringey

January 20th marks one year since Trump’s inauguration as President and Stand Up to Racism held national protests.

There was one at the new US Embassy in Nine Elms Sarf London which opened this week and others around the UK. I was at the one organised by Haringey SUTR at Turnpike Lane tube at 1pm on Saturday.

It was wet and cold( it is mid-January) but there was a decent turn-out for a bit of Trump focused street theatre (who says the right have to have all the political fun?) and lots of interest from those passing by

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/year-since-trumps-inauguration-knock-wall/

Not everyone thinks protest is a good thing. These include fans of Trump (think Boris Johnson, Gove, Farage etc) and at least some of those who are currently labelled ‘centrists’ (essentially those who would be in the SDP if it still existed)

Trump has postponed his UK visit, which apparently was to officially open the US Embassy at Nine Elms. He tweeted that he didn’t plan to do this for the usual mix of irrational and incoherent reasons.

None of those reasons included that one of the biggest ever protests in UK history was planned if he had arrived. Cynics will say therefore that this underlines that protest is pointless. Trump didn’t come and there was no protest.

The reverse is true. In the eighteenth century the popular crowd practiced what was known as collective bargaining by riot to make sure that the quality and price of essentials such as bread and beer were kept at reasonable levels.

So were there lots of riots? No. It was the threat of protest that worked. If it actually had to be carried out the impact was often less certain.

The point being that if we are to survive Trump we need to organise to protest and make it clear that we are. That may be effective. If not a monster protest on the streets remains on the cards and Saturday was one of the building blocks for that.

 

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Campaigners say Burns found Haggis ‘Beard Friendly’

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 20th January

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

CAMPAIGNERS SAY BURNS FOUND HAGGIS ‘BEARD FRIENDLY’

Ahead of Burns Night on 25th January the Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has declared haggis, whether in its traditional or vegan form, to be amongst the beard friendly of foods.

Burns called the haggis the ‘Great chieftain o the pudding’-race.

The poet was clear himself on how beard friendly haggis is, ending his poem with the verse:

Old Scotland wants no watery stuff,

That splashes in small wooden dishes;

But if you wish her grateful prayer,

Give her [Scotland] a Haggis!

It is clear here that Burns was contrasting the haggis, whose consistency, with oatmeal to bind the ingredients together, means that it can be eaten without the danger of getting any in the beard, with other dishes where this was an issue.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the debate about whether Burns himself ever wore a beard continues and we’ll be issuing updated research on that this week. It is clear however that he thought haggis was amongst the beard friendly of foods.

 

The Beard Liberation Front announces winner of the Beard of Winter poll on 30th January

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Trump at one: Guardian letters 22nd January 2017 (I was wrong)

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2018 by kmflett

To leave error unrefuted is a sin said some old bloke with a beard (1818-1883) so in looking at the letters the Guardian published a year ago on Trump’s inauguration I have to admit I was wrong. I repeated Trump’s claim that he didnt drink. Like everything he says it was of course complete bollocks. It’s fair to say (I think) that he doesnt drink much but he was clearly pictured drinking wine several times at a UN event in the autumn of 2017. Thankfully I doubt he is anywhere near Nixonian levels of pissedness.

In my defence some of the other letter writers were far more wrong than I was

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/22/donald-trumps-policy-pledges-should-have-the-left-cheering

 

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Hirsute cosmologist Peter Coles joins Beard of Winter poll after ‘write-in’ votes

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE 20th January

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

Hirsute cosmologist Peter Coles joins Beard of Winter poll after ‘write-in’ votes

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that leading hirsute cosmologist Peter Coles has joined the Beard of Winter poll after write-in votes for him broke the threshold of 1% of the total poll

Mr Coles, formerly at Cardiff University and now at Maynooth in Ireland was a contender for Beard of the Year in 2014.

The Beard of Winter is the first of four seasonal awards that lead to the Beard of the Year Award in December 2018.

It focuses both on fuller organic beards, suitable for winter weather but also on beards that have made an early New Year impact in the public eye.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Peter Coles has one of the most distinguished of scientific beards. Is victory in the stars? He is better placed to say than we are.

The poll closes on Monday January 29th

Beard of Winter shortlist

Prince Harry, Royal personage

Charles Dagnall, sports commentator

Daniel Vane, brewer

Mark Gatiss, actor & writer

Joe Thornton, ice-hockey player

Andy McDonald, politician

Theo Walcott, footballer

Ed Sheeran, musician

Riccardo Acerbi, actor & new Captain Birds Eye

Sean Dyche, football manager

Peter Coles, cosmologist

 

 

 

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Campaigners say Duke of Cambridge beard must follow his ‘number one’ haircut

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE 19th January

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

Campaigners say Duke of Cambridge beard must follow ‘number one’ haircut

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that after Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, appeared with a number one or buzz haircut on Thursday it is backing calls for him to grow a beard

The BLF says that a beard combined with a nearly shaven head would put the Duke ‘on trend’ and suitable for a Royal walk-about in Hackney as well as being a potential contender for Beard of Spring at Easter.

Prince Harry currently lies third in the Beard of Winter poll

The Beard of Winter is the first of four seasonal awards that lead to the Beard of the Year Award in December 2018.

It focuses both on fuller organic beards, suitable for winter weather but also on beards that have made an early New Year impact in the public eye.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, whatever you think of the Royal Family they are in the public eye and a Royal beard is popular with the public in 2018. Prince Harry was only narrowly beaten by Jeremy Corbyn for the 2017 Beard of the Year title

The poll closes on Monday January 29th

Beard of Winter shortlist

Prince Harry, Royal personage

Charles Dagnall, sports commentator

Daniel Vane, brewer

Mark Gatiss, actor & writer

Joe Thornton, ice-hockey player

Andy McDonald, politician

Theo Walcott, footballer

Ed Sheeran, musician

Riccardo Acerbi, actor & new Captain Birds Eye

Sean Dyche, football manager

Peter Coles, cosmologist

 

 

 

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Tony Benn on Hugh Gaitskell (9.4.1906-18.1.1963) & Labour leadership

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2018 by kmflett

It’s 55 years since the sudden death of Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell at the early age of 56. He would very probably have gone on to be elected Labour Prime Minister in the 1964 General Election. Instead Harold Wilson took the role.

The final paragraph of Tony Benn’s commentary on Gaitskell’s death (Diary 18th January 1963) underlines wider issues with Labour leaders that have not gone away since, some might say:

He never could understand the force or logic of views with which he disagreed. He projected the unilateralists as Communists and fellow-travellers and those who supported the Common Market as traitors to the Commonwealth and extremists. He thus isolated himself from an increasing number of colleagues as time went on. But his death seems a disaster because it looks as if George Brown will succeed him and for a number of reasons he is totally unsuited to be Leader of the Party.

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Trump one year on: protest & survive

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2018 by kmflett

Trump One Year on: protest and survive

January 20th marks one year since Trump’s inauguration as President and Stand Up to Racism have called for national protests.

There is one at the new US Embassy in Nine Elms Sarf London which opened this week and others around the UK. I’ll be at the one organised by Haringey SUTR at Turnpike Lane tube at 1pm on Saturday

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/year-since-trumps-inauguration-knock-wall/

Of course not everyone thinks protest is a good thing. These include fans of Trump (think Boris Johnson, Gove, Farage etc) and at least some of those who are currently labelled ‘centrists’ (essentially those who would be in the SDP if it still existed)

Trump has postponed his UK visit, which apparently was to officially open the US Embassy at Nine Elms. He tweeted that he didn’t plan to do this for the usual mix of irrational and incoherent reasons.

None of those reasons included that one of the biggest ever protests in UK history was planned if he had arrived. Cynics will say therefore that this underlines that protest is pointless. Trump didn’t come and there was no protest.

The reverse is true. In the eighteenth century the popular crowd practiced what was known as collective bargaining by riot to make sure that the quality and price of essentials such as bread and beer were kept at reasonable levels.

So were there lots of riots? No. It was the threat of protest that worked. If it actually had to be carried out the impact was often less certain.

The point being that if we are to survive Trump we need to organise to protest and make it clear that we are. That may be effective. If not a monster protest on the streets remains on the cards and Saturday is one of the building blocks for that.