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Showed Raving Loonies What’s What.
All left-wing eyes are on Manchester where Respect’s Catherine Higgins (182 votes, 1,1%) unexpectedly beat the Monster Raving Looney Party’s Howling Laud Hope (78 votes, 0,5%).
It’s onwards and upwards for Britain’s fastest disintegrating political party.
|Labour Co-op||Lucy Powell||11,507||69.1||+16.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Marc Ramsbottom||1,571||9.4||-17.2|
|Trade Unionist & Socialist||Alex Davidson||220||1.3||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||78||0.5||N/A|
|People’s Democratic Party||Lee Holmes||71||0.4||N/A|
|Communist League||Peter Clifford||64||0.4||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
Catherine Higgens, who supports the 9/11 ‘truth’ campaign, could not be contacted at the time of writing.
Update. National Respect issued the following statement,
This brilliant result shows that if you want change in Britain vote for Respect. Catherine Higgens has shown that nowhere is safe for the Monster Raving Loony Party. Yvonne Ridely and George Galloway are at present recording a rap, “do the Taliban mash”. Watch out Rotherham, we’re coming!
New Respect Party Candidate?
“We’re all holograms ruled by reptiles (and the Queen’s fuelled by children’s blood) — claims David Icke shortly before announcing his intention to stand as candidate for the Respect Party (here).
George Galloway says,
I see myself as a big fat spider in the corner of the room. Sometimes I speak when I’m asleep. … might tell you to go to the Charing Cross Road and kick a blind man standing on the corner. Back Icke, pound in the pocket, you know it makes sense.
My Political Hero.
All the comrades are going to comment on the successful TUC demo yesterday.
I have but this to add about what also happened that day.
Except that it was great.
But. there are moments and there are moments.
The episode of The Thick of It last night is one.
A few pints of ale with my friends in the pub after the demo, and a glass of Occitan wine in my hand (with a bacon sarnie) probably helped but this, was believe me on the level of classics.
Like the last episode of Black Adder.
Here is a snippet,
The government, the opposition and the civil service all have a lot of questions to answer about the suicide of a nurse after his flat was sold off. They must now come before an inquiry into the scandal which has engulfed all corners of politics.
Lord Goolding is reputedly a fair man, but he is not going to stand for any nonsense and neither is his team of expert inquisitors, so surely now the truth will come out. Unless someone lies, or creates a diversion of some kind, or simply pretends not to remember anything. Which they obviously would never do
- Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) well, he is worth noting.
- Tucker: Tomorrow – from broadsheets to wank rags – I want pages one, two and three to be a profile of Tom looking like a fucking political colossus, you know – Tom meeting the Pope, Tom in a NHS hospital chatting to little, baldie kiddies. I want pages four and five to be a timeline of British politics with ME at the center, looking fucking indispensable and fucking benign, and I want page six to be fucking Israel or some bullshit, not a fucking DoSAC deepshit legacy-distracting COCKUP!
- Or this,
On British war:
Malcolm Tucker: You, hey, put the snifter out there that if the BBC ambushes a minister with another surprise question about the war, I’ll drop a bomb on them.
Judy: I can’t do that, can I? That’s political.
Malcolm Tucker: Does that not fit within your purview, Marie Antoinette? Why don’t you just scuttle off back to fucking Cranford and play around with your tea and your cakes and your fucking horse cocks. Let them eat cock!
- As indeed Le Monde has.
Doubts about ‘Official 9/11 Story’.
After Counterpunch the whackyisation of the American left proceeds apace.
Roseanne says, “Women and people of color, rather than letting us lead by ourselves. Same old paternalistic crap. Step down, hippie brothers, your day has gone.
The 2012 Presidential Election just got a lot, well…louder.
Noted actress/comedian/harridan Roseanne Barr has tossed her wig into the race on the Peace and Freedom Party’s ticket.
Roseanne announced her bid for the White House last year on The Tonight Show and originally intended to run under the Green Party, but lost to Dr. Jill Stein last month. Joining Barr on the ballot is Vice Presidential nominee Cindy Sheehan, mother of Iraq war veteran Casey Sheehan.
“The American people are sick and tired of this ‘lesser evil’ garbage they get fed every election year,” Barr said in a statement. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans do the same evils once they’re in office. I’m here to tell the voters: if you want to tell the government and the two domineering parties that you’re sick and tired of all their evil, register in the Peace and Freedom Party and vote for me and Cindy.”
From Raising the Barr.
Hat-tips to Leftist Transpotters all.
The Peace and Freedom Party says it’s ” an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.”
We are sure that there are many good people involved – though perhaps “unionism” would not go down well on the UK left. Background – Here. Roseanne lost the ballot to get on the Green Party (US) ticket, and there’s no doubt lots to say about all that. As well as about her candidacy. In the past she has said that her campaigning, “mixes attention to economics, personal health and meditation.” She has also “evoked tikkun olam in her support of bringing women into politics and religion” (or so Wikipedia says, so it must be true).
But what we are interested in is this:
9/11 Truth News reports,
Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr has published Jon Gold’s encyclopedic 9/11 research article The Facts Speak For Themselves on the front page of her Roseanne World blog. Under the headline “brilliant analysis, Jon Gold“, Roseanne urged her fans: PLEASE READ THIS!
Two days ago, Barr posted a blog entitled “people are saying that 9-11 was an inside bush job“, which led to a lively discussion in which she expressed her serious doubts about the official 9/11 story and invited researcher Gold onto her radio show as a guest.
For more information see Roseanne’s Campaign Web Site.
Her running-mate is Cindy Sheehan.
Power to the People!
Radio France Internationale has just said, Chris Marker had two loves in his life, ‘Cats and Cinema‘.
Picture from Libération’s Tribute to Chris Marker.
The Guardian says,
Chris Marker, the enigmatic master of left-field French cinema, has died at the age of 91. The artist and film-maker was best known for his award-winning documentary Sans Soleil and for his haunting drama La Jetée, charting the quest for memory in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse.
Wikipedia notes Chris Marker’s “, A Grin Without a Cat, released in 1977. The film’s title refers to the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. The metaphor compares the promise of the global socialist movement before May 1968 (the grin) with its actual presence in the world after May 1968 (the cat). The film’s original French title is Le fond de l’air est rouge, which means “the air is essentially red”, or “revolution is in the air”, implying that the socialist movement existed only in the air.
The film was intended to be an all-encompassing portrait of political movements since May 1968, a summation of the work which he had taken part in for ten years. The film is divided into two parts: the first half focuses on the hopes and idealism before May 1968, and the second half on the disillusion and disappointments since those events. Marker begins the film with the Odessa Steps sequence from Sergei Eisenstein‘s film The Battleship Potemkin, which Marker points out is a fictitious creation of Eisenstein which has still influenced the image of the historical event. Marker used very little commentary in this film, but the film’s montage structure and preoccupation with memory make it a Marker film. Upon release, the film was criticized for not addressing many current issues of the New Left such as the woman’s movement, sexual liberation and worker self-management. The film was re-released in the US in 2002.
Le Monde notes,
“Réalisateur de La Jetée, du Fond de l’air est rouge, de Sans soleil, le réalisateur Chris Marker, l’une des figures les plus secrètes du cinéma mondial, est mort à 91 ans. Né le 29 juillet 1921, Christian François Bouche Villeneuve est devenu sous le nom de Chris Marker un cinéaste hors normes, se refusant au jeu des médias (il n’existe que très peu de photographies le représentant), égrenant une œuvre fascinante entamée au début des années 1950, au lendemain de la seconde guerre mondiale, pendant laquelle il a combattu dans la Résistance.
After 1968, he participated in the group Iskra. Amongst his later films were those about his passion for cats.
“C’était un homme profondément honnête, politiquement et cinématographiquement”, a dit au Monde l’un de ses proches, le cinéaste Costa-Gavras.
Thanks for Dave E for pointing out Chris Marker’s death.