Protest the Cruel Slaughter of a Baby Rabbit

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel
Allan, the baby rabbit beaten to death in order to “stir a debate”
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 This is the article I wouldn’t want ever to write but, unfortunately, there will always be criminals abusing defenseless and innocent creatures.

ANIMAL ABUSERS: DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV AND ASGER JUHL

ASGER JUHL, A PRESENTER ON DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV, BEAT THE NINE-WEEK-OLD FLUFFY BLACK RABBIT, NAMED ALLAN, TO DEATH LIVE ON AIR WITH A BICYCLE PUMP, despite protests from animal rights campaigners in the studio. Then he took the animal home where he and his children cooked and ate it.

Radio24syv has defended the slaughter of the defenseless and innocent baby rabbit. “We knew we would be accused of provocation,” the station said in a statement. “And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals.”

Certainly, many animal rights activists will remember that in DENMARK also, a giraffe and then four lions were killed in COPENHAGEN ZOO in 2014. BENGT HOLST, the Scientific Director at Copenhagen Zoo, defended the killings by claiming that the animals were “surplus”. Copenhagen citizens awarded “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” to Holst that same year.

DANISH RADIO STATION DEFENDS KILLING BABY RABBIT LIVE ON AIR
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/danish-radio-station-defends-killing-baby-rabbit-live-on-air-20150527-ghacur.html#ixzz3bIbWRjF7

RADIO DJ BLUDGEONS BABY BUNNY LIVE ON AIR – AND THEN REFUSES TO APOLOGISE
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/radio-dj-bludgeons-baby-bunny-live-air-and-then-refuses-apologise-6322443

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITIONS TO DEMAND PUNISHMENT:

Radio Host Clubbed A Rabbit With A Bicycle Pump While He Was On Air For Rating! Demand Punishment!
http://www.petitionhub.org/Radio-Host-Clubbed-A-Rabbit-With-A-Bicycle-Pump-While-He-Was-On-Air-For-Rating-Demand-Punishment-t-2080

Fire radio presenter Asger Juhl who killed ‘Allan’ the rabbit live on air and the managing director of Radio24syc Jorgen Ramskov who sanctioned the kill.
 https://www.change.org/p/fire-radio-presenter-asger-juhl-who-killed-allan-the-rabbit-live-on-air

Please boycott the radio station and ASGER JUHL’s program.

RADIO24SYV ON FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/Radio24syv?fref=photo

RADIO24SYV ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/radio24syv

RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/

ASGER JUHL PAGE ON RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/vaerter/asger-juhl/

ASGER JUHL ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/asgerjuhl

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Please Support National Switch off Day and Other Actions

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May 27th is the state opening of parliament and the first national switch off day.

This is something almost everyone can do, which could be highly effective if enough of us take part.

We need to show this government that enough is enough.

Between 4 pm on Tuesday 26th to 4 pm on Wednesday 27th use as little gas and electricity as possible. Some people have said they will turn off their freezers and fridges. Personally I have ethical considerations about deliberately wasting food – frozen food would of course need to be thrown away as would perishables in the fridge. Considering this I personally think that you should leave freezers and fridges turned on. It is proposed that a switch off day should happen each month, it simply would not be practical  to throw food away each time. And most certainly please do not put your health at risk, don’t turn off your fridge or freezer if you need to keep medicine refrigerated or you need electricity or gas as a medical necessity.  Also our gas boiler cannot be turned off without the risk of damage but if you don’t use hot water or your central heating very little electricity is used. Just do what you can but try to use as little energy as possible.

Please share this and other protests far and wide.

If this isn’t for you for some reason there are many other ways of protesting such as boycotting Warburtons who fund the Tories, more information about this and for more ideas including details of protest March’s and demonstrations please scroll down further. 

Join the first National Switch off day

Although not essential you can begin your switch off by adding your name to the following:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/come-together-and-switch-off?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=14319

Please read the following from the National Switch Off Day Events page of Facebook

Switch Off begins: 26 May at 16:00 to 27 May at 16:00

“NATIONAL SWITCH OFF DAY. No 1 The day MPs are officially sworn in.

The only language government understands is money. If we come together and switch off our gas and electric and not give a penny to any large corporation (please support local shops), it would cost them millions of pounds.

Nothing wrong with traditional protests on the streets but the government wants it that way so they can fight back with their water cannons etc. They won’t know what’s hit them if we all stayed at home or visited a local park for the day. Nothing whatsoever they could do about it. Whatever your reasons for wanting to protest. Be it fox hunting. The NHS. Austerity. Benefit cuts. Fracking. The continued child abuse cover-up. Whatever. Let’s unite under one banner for one day. And hit them where it hurts, in their pockets. Love to you all.

I AM NOT ASKING PEOPLE TO STRIKE BUT TO SWITCH OFF BEFORE AND AFTER WORK.”

Read more, there are lots of ideas from people who have commented:
https://www.facebook.com/events/665128390287075/

Also
https://www.facebook.com/switchoffday

Not mentioned in the description but is part of the action and that is you should also avoid buying anything, except from a local independent shop. You should boycott supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda Sainsburys, Morrisons or other large national retailers.

Other Actions you can take.

Join a protest on the 27th –  I urge you to please demonstrate peacefully.

May 27th Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament:

27th May
at 17:00
Trafalgar Square, WC2 London, United Kingdom

More Details
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600237216914656/

More information

http://anticuts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NCAFC

List of demonstrations, actions and meetings currently being organised:
http://anticuts.com/2015/05/12/fight-the-tory-government-actions-across-the-country/

30th of May, Saturday

National Day of action called by UK Uncut on the 30th of May

– Nottingham: Saturday, 30th of May, 1pm: Fight the cuts – Fight our Future (organiser Nots Uncut Part-of UK Uncut) 

– London: 1 pm, Parliament square: The Great British Right Off! – Protest for the Human Rights Act

– Newcastle: 1 pm, city centre: Newcastle protest: End Austerity now  – “=IMPORTANT NOTICE – CHANGE OF DATE=
The date of this march and rally has had to be changed due to Grey’s monument being unavailable on 30th May. We hope everyone will be able to make arrangements to join us on the following Saturday 6th June. Apologies for any inconvenience”

Don’t overlook this:

The cuts of the last five years have devastated people’s lives and are destroying our society. And they’re about to get much, much worse. The ruthless millionaires in charge are planning to cut another £12 billion, on top of the £25 billion they’ve already cut. We need to fight back with all of our energy, creativity and courage, to defend our public services and bring down the architects of austerity.

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/fight-the-cuts-fight-for-our-future/

Boycott Tory Supporters and write and tell them why you are doing so

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“Just how much of your money goes on funding a political party you would rather not support? We looked into the donors to the Conservative Party, and pulled out the well-known brands and products where shareholders of the company – or the company itself – has donated to the Tories.

They aren’t the biggest donors by any means (in fact, THESE are), but you might be surprised at one or two brands in the list.”

Warburtons

“The well-known bakery gave the Tories a £25,000 donation in the run up to the 2010 election, after David Cameron held a press conference at the firm’s Bolton HQ and was pictured in front of a wall of Warburtons loaves.”

Read More about the Twelve things you should try to avoid buying:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/buying-12-things-means-youre-5391826

Here are the contact details of Warburtons:

Warburtons Customer Care

Hereford House
Hereford Street
Bolton
BL1 8JB

T: 0800 243 684

I can’t locate an e-mail address but there is a contact form which you can access  by clicking the link below:
http://www.warburtons.co.uk/contact-us

Please write an e-mail (contact form) or letter and tell them why you are boycotting their product.

Please do likewise with the others mentioned on the Mirror’s list by simply entering their name in the search engine using the above as an example : Warbartons contact details.

Also check out the following:

The Activist’s Calendar

Community Organisation

A calendar of protests, rallys, sit-ins, strikes, petitions, occupations, meetings, talks, film screenings & all other forms of non-violent direct actions.
https://www.facebook.com/theactivistscalendar

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Tory Voters: Is This Really What You Voted For?

Tory Voters this is what you voted for.

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This DWP voucher has just been posted on twitter by a foodbank volunteer in Glasgow. 

“John has not eaten since Friday of last week, recently found fit on ESA…” which is ‘Employment Support Allowance’ – which means he has some form of sickness or disability. 

Despite what ‘fit’ (as in fit to work) implies, usually nothing can be further from the truth. 100,000s of ‘fit to work’ decisions have been challenged because of the corrupt, incompetent system which handles claims (they have for example found severely disabled people, terminally ill people and even people in comas as ‘fit’. 

And being found fit means that financial support is cut off immediately!

Read More:
http://infernalseason.tumblr.com/post/119610715069/this-dwp-voucher-has-just-been-posted-on-twitter#notes

It is shocking enough that anyone should go hungry anywhere in this world of plenty, yes that right a world of plenty.

But in the sixth richest nation the fact that someone has gone without food for five days is an absolute disgrace, a grave social injustice.

This is not an isolated incident, the need for food banks escalated under the coalition government as a result of welfare reforms, low wages, zero hours contracts and benefit sanctions.

Do you know that the majority of food bank users are people in work!

According to Trussell Trust the largest food bank charity over 1 million people received three days’ food from Trussell Trust foodbanks, compared to 900,000 the previous year. Including almost 400,000 children:
http://www.trusselltrust.org/resources/documents/Press/Trussell-Trust-foodbank-use-tops-one-million.pdf

Don’t forget there are other food backs organised by churches and other local charities so the number of people forced to use this means of feeding themselves and their families is likely considerably more.

No one should ever be in the position that he or she has nothing to eat when supermarkets are jammed packed with food in abundance, the fact that they do and people go hungry is appalling.

Thanks to misguided Tory Voters this situation is likely to get worse. The article below written before the election concerns the predicted drastic rise in food banks should the Tories win.

If the Tories win on Thursday TWO million hungry people will need food banks, research reveals

“Labour analysis of Oxford University research shows that Tory plans to cut £12billion from welfare will drive an extra million people to food banks by 2017”

Please read more:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-win-thursday-two-million-5626462

Well as we all know the Tories did win as a result of manipulation by the biased press and distortion by polls that made people apathetic and quite simply down right ignorance.

I would hate to think that if people really understood the situation here in the UK that they would knowingly condone its continuance by voting Tory.

A related issue – Fuel Banks

If it is not shameful enough in this rich country of ours that people do not have the money for food it is becoming increasingly common for people to turn to fuel banks because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

Of course if you cannot afford to eat you cannot afford fuel and it goes without saying that food and fuel poverty go hand in hand.  The number of people who died last winter as a result of cold weather is the highest in fifteen years and expected to be around 40,000

Poverty forced people to turn to food banks and now it’s forcing them into FUEL banks

“A fuel bank has opened in a church in London to help those who cannot afford to pay for their energy bills

In a church hall in one of South West London’s most affluent neighbourhoods, Peter Ward-Miller talks about his fuel bill.

He hasn’t used any hot water at his council home for two years. He washes in cold water, keeps the heating switched off and uses only the bare minimum of electricity.

He has a tiny hotel room kettle, and doesn’t turn the lights on.

“I’m always cold,” says the 53-year-old former garage worker. “Sometimes my hands and feet are so painful.

“I’m getting older and I’m not the biggest bloke you’ll meet.”

His neighbour lent him a fan heater for dire emergencies, but he doesn’t touch his gas at all. He tops the ­electricity up when he can. And when he can’t, he lives in darkness.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/poverty-forced-people-turn-food-5726219

Is this the life anyone should be forced to live in 21st century UK?

Tory voters is this what you really voted for?  If so shame on you. If not wake up and take notice of what is happening to your fellow citizens under this despicable government who not only favours the rich but creates more and more poverty, destitution, misery and despair.

Here in the UK I rather think that the intent is to enslave people to low wages, destroy our welfare system and the NHS and consolidate the wealth and power into the hands of the few.

Frankly I think we are headed for a fascist/totalitarian state if people continue to be complacent, ignorant and apathetic. In Particular I am shocked how in general people have ignored the great injustice concerning the treatment of sick and disabled people and others claiming benefits and have fallen for the “scrounger” propaganda and the misinformation about immigration and other scapegoat tactics to deflect the blame of the so called financial crisis. I never thought people here in the UK would tolerate such treatment of vulnerable people.

New Zealand Declares Animals as Sentient Beings

There is little that seperates humans from other sentient beings.

Some good news for a change as New Zealand officially recognises animals as sentient beings:

Animals are now legally recognised as ‘sentient’ beings in New Zealand

“The New Zealand Government has formally recognised animals as ‘sentient’ beings by amending animal welfare legislation.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill was passed on Tuesday.

The Act stipulates that it is now necessary to ‘recognise animals as sentient’ and that owners must ‘attend properly to the welfare of those animals’.”

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/animals-are-now-legally-recognised-as-sentient-beings-in-new-zealand-10256006.html

To my way of thinking the recognition of animals as sentient beings should mean an end to their enslavement, exploitation and mistreatment, including killing them for any reason.

Unfortunately this is not the case.

While this is excellent news representing a significant step forward and may improve life for many animals it does not of course bring to an end animal slavery, exploitation and abuse such as killing them for their flesh. No matter how good the welfare laws are to protect animals at the end of the day animals still cannot live out their lives as nature intended free from negative human interference, and for farm animals ultimately a premature death. According to the above article, while cosmetic testing is banned, testing for research purposes continues though the New Zealand government now demands that checks be made as to whether there has been ‘assessment of the suitability of using non-sentient or non-living alternatives in the project’ and ‘replacement of animals as subjects with suitable non-sentient or non-living alternatives’. I assume that if there are no non sentient alternatives they are still prepared to use sentient creatures for research, animals who suffer pain and fear and wish to live as you or I do.

Hunting also appears to continue if it “is part of a generally accepted practice in New Zealand for the hunting or killing of wild animals of that type or animals in a wild state of that type”.

“30AWilful or reckless ill-treatment of wild animals or animals in wild state
  • (1)A person commits an offence if the person wilfully ill-treats a wild animal or an animal in a wild state.

    (2)A person commits an offence if the person recklessly ill-treats a wild animal or an animal in a wild state.

    (3)A defendant has a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) if the defendant satisfies the court that the conduct alleged to constitute an offence is or is part of a generally accepted practice in New Zealand for the hunting or killing of wild animals of that type or animals in a wild state of that type.

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill:
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2013/0107/latest/DLM5174840.html?search=sw_096be8ed81047b83_sentient_25_se&p=1

Nonetheless all things considered at the least we now have another government which officially recognises that animals are sentient beings.

In January 2015 France recognised animal Sentience.

Recent amendments to French Civil Law have modified the classification of animals from ‘personal property’ to ‘living beings gifted with sentience’.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate France on the passage of the new amendment which formally establishes what we already know in our hearts: animals are ‘living, sentient beings’ that deserve protection.”
Mike Baker, Chief Executive of World Animal Protection:
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org/news/we-welcome-frances-recognition-animal-sentience

Also in the EU treaty of Lisbon animals are considered as sentient beings.
http://eurogroupforanimals.org/what-we-do/category/eu-animal-welfare/the-lisbon-treaty-and-animal-welfare

Sadly ethical progress takes time with small incremental steps rather than great leaps forward, but progress is progress.  However we should not become complacent as there is still a long way to go before animals are free from cruelty, harm and exploitation at the hand of man.

The next step is to recognise that as a consequence of their sentience all animals should be allowed to live free them from any kind of exploitation or the negative interference of humans including but not exclusive to the following purposes: rearing for meat or other animal derivatives, labour, research and entertainment .

There is only one way to go if you truly recognise animals as sentient creatures and that is to go Vegan and campaign to improve the lot of animals everywhere in order to bring an end to the mistreatment of the myriad other species with whom we share this world.

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CJzsm7zJ1MUCFUWWtAodYjIA3Q

This is a good target to set but please don’t give up if you don’t manage to go vegan in thirty days, all progress is good and it might take longer for some people. So please do not give up if you do not reach your target in a set time.

This news though is welcome progress indeed and hopefully other countries will follow New Zealand’s lead.

Related Links

New Zealand Declares Animals Are Sentient Beings
http://www.peacefulsoulblog.com/new-zealand-declares-animals-are-sentient-beings/

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules:
http://www.thelocal.fr/20150129/animals-do-have-feelings-french-parliament-rules

Read more Animal Sentience Stories
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories.htm

This article is also included in my Website Blog Vegan Rambles:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/vegan_rambles-2015.htm#New_Zealand_Declares_Animals_as_Sentient_Beings

Election 2015: The system has to change


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“I believe strongly in proportional representation. I believe there should be a direct relationship between the percentage of votes a party wins and the percentage of seats they win in whatever parliament the election is for”
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP

“I am too young to vote in this election but when I can vote, I want it to count. I want to vote in 2020 without fear of ‘letting the other side in’ or ‘wasting my vote’. In the marginal constituency of North Cornwall, where I live, I am sick of being told that the candidate I support ‘can’t win here’. I don’t want to vote for a party I disagree with to keep out a party that I disagree with even more. I want to vote for a party that I believe in.”
Owen Winter, member of the UK Youth Parliament for North and East Cornwall quoted in:
An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn’t Vote Tory

Though the dust seems to be settling and people seem less outraged the fact is our general election was a disaster for those of us who are poor or have the misfortune to be sick and disabled, unemployed or on low wages or zero hours.

I hope that none of us who are opposed to this vile government become complacent and accepting, though I fear this could happen.

I have more comments further down but if you do not have time please at least sign the following petitions and make note of upcoming protests for the coming weekend and the following week. Even if you cannot join in the protests please spread the word.

Petitions

Make UK elections more democratic with proportional representation

In the current UK system, anti-austerity party The Green Party got 3.8% of the votes and only one seat out of 650 in Parliament (0.15% of seats). In PR, they would have got the equivalent of 25 seats, giving them significantly more power in Parliament to represent voters’ views. They’d likely get even more because people would have no need to do ‘tactical voting’ — where people vote for a less preferred party because it has more chance of getting a seat in the current system.

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/726/346/684/PR/

Democratic Deficit

Many of us are still asking the question: what happened last week (May th) Opinion polls predicted a very different election result — but the reason the polls misjudged this so severely is because we have an electoral system that simply isn’t fit for purpose.

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uk_electoral_reform_locrb/?bMsmGdb&v=58125

Reform our voting system to make it fair and representative

The First Past the Post system is broken and needs to be replaced. Politics is no longer a choice between two candidates, we need a system that proportionally represents the wide range of views that are now on offer.

Please support this petition for a fairer and more proportional voting system. Together we can force the agenda on electoral reform.

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-reform-our-voting-system-to-make-it-fair-and-representative-makeseatsmatchvotes

Demonstrations and protests planned for the weekend and next week.

Please demonstrate peacefully –  “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”
Martin Luther King JR.

Saturday May 23rd PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY MANCHESTER

Piccadilly Gardens , M1 1RG Manchester, United Kingdom

“The planned protest for the 23rd of May in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester has been organised in response to the callous cuts which have taken place over the past five years of government, and are planned to continue over the next five years. These austerity measures are not unique to one party, and it seems that there is no way out for society’s most vulnerable. That is why we have decided to take action.”

For more details continue reading:
https://www.facebook.com/events/933043563412439/

Leamington Anti-Austerity Meeting – 23rd May

Midday Sat 23rd at the Coffee Box Cafe in Leamington.

Over the next five years we are facing £30 billion of cuts and austerity.

We need to support each other against the impact of the cuts and organise resistance to them on a long term, local basis.

Read More:
https://warwick4freeducation.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/local-anti-austerity-meeting/

Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament:

The following Wednesday May 27th, the day of the state opening of parliament, anyone who can please attend the following protest organised by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Trafalgar Square, WC2 London, United Kingdom

On Wednesday 27th May it will be the state opening of Parliament, where the Tories will officially form a Government.
They will do so with just 37% of the vote, and with the consent of 24% of eligible voters in the UK.

The new Government is going to try to: smash the welfare state by £12bn, privatise the NHS, raise tuition fees, decimate local services, make strike action illegal, scapegoat migrants, worsen the housing crisis and to crush all dissent that stands in their way.

May 27th Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament:

More Details
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600237216914656/

More information

http://anticuts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NCAFC

Leeds: 5pm: No to five more years of Austerity (organiser: Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs & Education)

Victoria Gardens
The Headrow, LS2 8 Leeds

“Protest in Leeds on the day of the opening of parliament / Queen’s speech where the Tories will announce the attacks they plan on carrying out over the next year.Assemble in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery & Central Library.”
More details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/807414962676055/  – Don’t overlook the link to similar protests in your area:
http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/wordpress/wordpress/?p=1210 

Protest against Tory cuts to be held in George Square
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/thousands-to-attend-anti-austerity-rally-207250n.126428318

Please check the following link from time to time for details of protests in your locality

List of demonstrations, actions and meetings currently being organised:
http://anticuts.com/2015/05/12/fight-the-tory-government-actions-across-the-country/

I am at a loss to understand not to mention angry so angry concerning the outcome of the general election, how can people be so stupid as to re-elect this evil – yes not to strong a word – government who have made the lives of sick and disabled people and the unemployed a misery, to name just a few of the many sections of our society who have been subject to the detrimental policies of the Tories. Many people have died of starvation and committed suicide as a result of welfare reforms, many others are homeless, on low wages, zero hours and… lets not forget the threat to our NHS of privatisation which no one wants.  Yet despite all this people voted for them again!  Or did they? Well of course some people did but not the majority of us by any means.

Though the dust seems to be settling and people seem less outraged the fact is our general election was a disaster for those of us who are poor or have the misfortune to be sick and disabled, unemployed or on low wages or zero hours.

The fact, as many of us know, is that the majority did not vote Tory, the reality is that only 36.9% of the population who voted, voted conservative.

Voting system gives Tories a result most UK voters didn’t want
http://theconversation.com/voting-system-gives-tories-a-result-most-uk-voters-didnt-want-41595

As you will see by reading the above

Labor made bigger vote gains, but lost seats.

Here are a few facts about the election results that may surprise readers:

  • The Conservative Party increased its vote by 0.8%, but increased its number of seats by 28 seats.
  • The Labour Party increased its vote by a greater percentage than the Conservatives did, 1.5%, but its number of seats decreased by 24.
  • Most voters cast their votes for defeated candidates, so most are “represented” by an MP they did not support.
  • Some parties are over-represented in the House of Commons relative to their support among voters. So the governing Conservatives, with 36.9% support, have 50.9% of the seats, and the Scottish Nationalists, with 4.7% support, have 8.6% of the seats.
  • Other parties are grossly under-represented, most notably the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) with just one seat, yet 12.6% support.
  • The percentage swing to UKIP was the biggest for any party in the UK for at least a generation, but the 3,881,129 people who voted for them – the third-biggest vote after the Conservative and Labour parties – are almost all unrepresented in the House of Commons now.
  • Both the Labour and UKIP leaders resigned following their parties’ disappointing number of seats won, even though the votes for their parties significantly increased

With a representational voting system the outcome would have been very different

I have to say that I am concerned about the rise in UKIP voters this unsavory racist right-wing party are little better than fascists.  This is the only downside to representational voting as the number of seats won by UKIP would rise from just one to 38 seats, disconcerting to say the least. However the Greens would have gone from one seat to 24.  And the Tories would be 75 seats less though still have the largest party in the commons.

In the end though the Conservatives would still have the majority but not the power that they have now.

It appears to me that there are times when democracy does not work for social justice, equality and fairness. Just because the majority want something doesn’t make it right. For example most people would say yes to the return of capital punishment, a barbarity that was consigned to our history back in the sixties where it should remain. Might is not always right and neither is the consensus, even if there was a consensus.

The fact remains many people voted Tory for all sorts of reasons ranging from sheer stupidly, to self-interest. Many people voted UKIP because they fixated on immigration without thinking of the broader issues such as UKIPs intentions of privatising our NHS and replacing it with an insurances based service similar to the USA.

I would like to share the following article from the Mirror newspaper which is among the very few media outlets who support a left-wing policy and oppose the Tory government and their welfare reforms and the privatisation of the NHS

Charlotte Church ‘mad as hell’ as she joins anti-Tory protest rally in Cardiff:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/charlotte-church-mad-hell-joins-5668436
– Charlotte Church expresses many opinions similar to my own and to many people who were shocked by the election results.

Personally I rather think in addition to the obvious greed of the wealthy who voted Tory, ignorance and gullibility were among the factors people voted for the conservatives.

Reading the comments in the above Mirror article is nothing short of depressing. Ignorance it seems reigns supreme. To say the election was lost as a result of left-wing politics by labour is misguided to say the least.

If they’d actually listened to people, rather than prescribing the usual Socialist drivel they think we should have for our own good…
Readers Comment referring to Labour

I very much doubt that this person could give you an accurate description of socialism

The reality is that Labour did not lean far enough to the left. For example the majority of people, 68 percent would like to see the energy companies renationalised.

 

Support for nationalisation (1)

The promise of freezing energy bills was lame and didn’t really address the problem of huge energy bills which right now prior to any freeze are astronomical and for many unaffordable. The fact is Labour are now almost as right-wing as the conservatives.

Nationalise energy and rail companies, say public

“The majority of the British public – including the majority of Conservative voters – support nationalising the energy and rail companies”

Read More:
https://yougov.co.uk/news/2013/11/04/nationalise-energy-and-rail-companies-say-public/

Yet all Labour had to offer was a temporary price freeze to tariffs that are already too expensive for many people – not really socialism is it.

I have to ask myself why the hell the British people, disgruntled – and that is putting it mildly – with the right-wing political agendas of the coalition than go and vote for the Tories Rather like throwing more fuel on the fire.

I am extremely disturbed as I rather have the impression that few people really understand or even know about the polices of this right party or even understand the difference between left and right-wing, communism and socialism. The nick name for Ed Miliband, Red Ed, being an example of such ignorance. On the simplest level surely one has to ask how on earth can a millionaire be a socialist. It is also obvious that there is nothing very red/ socialist about the new Labour Party either, yet still people refer to them as socialist even communists as a form of disparagement, not only misunderstanding the difference between right and left politics and ideology but failing to see the disastrous and unfair political ideology of right-wing agendas which favour inequality and the benefits of the wealthy over those of the poor. People continue not to make the connection with the rise of right-wing influence and the dominance of capitalism as the root cause of the suffering and misery inflicted on most of us in varying degrees, other animals and the environment itself.

Sadly Socialism and communism have become dirty words for many people who really don’t have any understanding of these political ideologies. Communism is often confused with totalitarianism and or fascism and socialism is confused with communism often used synonymously.

Concerning Communism the Dalai Lama says the following

Incidently the Dalai Lama, respected by many as a man of peace regardless of religious affiliation or none, describes himself as a communist:

“as far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist … But not a Leninist,”
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2011/06/dalai-lama-china-marx-communism/1#.VVcr3PlVhBc

“Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned with only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes – that is the majority – as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair … The failure of the regime in the Soviet Union was, for me not the failure of Marxism but the failure of totalitarianism. For this reason I think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist.”

The Dalai Lama
https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/102/spiritual-crisis-of-capitalism.html

Please sign the following petitions for electoral reform if you have not already done so.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/726/346/684/PR/

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uk_electoral_reform_locrb/?bMsmGdb&v=58125

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-reform-our-voting-system-to-make-it-fair-and-representative-makeseatsmatchvotes

Related Links
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alice-carder/an-open-letter-to-anyone-_3_b_7263766.html

Petitions to Stop the Reinstatement of Fox hunting

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We must expect an attempt very soon by the Tory government to repeal the fox-hunting bill, as it seems these over privileges psychopaths are desperate to resume their sadistic pastime despite the majority of the public being against its reinstatement. The Repeal of the Hunting Act also means a return of hare coursing & hunting hares with dogs. There should be no place in a modern society for setting dogs onto helpless animals for pleasure.

To make matters worse it has been reported that the Scottish National Party SNP may abstain from voting as this is not a Scottish issue the ban already being in place there.

If you read nothing else please be sure to sign the following Petitions:

Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=curated_trending

David Cameron: For Foxes’ Sake: Don’t Repeal The Fox Hunting Act!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Environment_Secretary_Elizabeth_Truss_For_Foxes_Sake_Dont_Let_The_Tradition_Of_The_Boxing_Day_Hunt_Return/?pv=7&rc=tagging&fb_action_ids=10152759326331561&fb_action_types=og.shares

Both petitions may be signed by anyone worldwide.

Also a petition by 38degrees. I am not sure if this petition can be signed by anyone worldwide as some 38 degree petitions are only open to UK residents. However it is worth just filling in the details and see what happens.

DO NOT REPEAL THE FOX HUNTING BAN
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban?bucket=tw

Scroll down for more actions you can take to prevent the reinstatement of fox hunting such as writing to MPs including SNP’s and first minister Nicola Sturgeon. Please ask that SNP MPs  take part in the vote and vote against the repeal of the fox hunting act.

Please write or email your MP today and ask him or her to support the ban – contact details further down.

With the shocking news the conservatives reelection – shocking at least to those who care about things other than the acquisition of wealth at the expense of other people, other animals and the environment – there is now a real threat that our countryside will be the playground once again for the sociopathic few in our society who enjoy chasing a defenseless animal with a pack of dogs and watch the poor creature being torn apart.

Cameron’s reelection promise to reinstate fox hunting is imminent and may take place in a few months time. We must take action to stop this barbarity not worthy of any modern-day society, not worthy of the UK which supposedly is a nation of animal lovers. Shocking that a few in our country, but not the majority, voted to have both foxes and Badgers killed – fox hunting and hare coursing  are of course not the only attack on your wildlife on the Tory agenda but the massacre of badgers ( Cull/killing) will now continue as promised prior to the election.

Yes that’s right if you voted Tory you will be responsible for the return of the atrocity of fox hunting and the continuation of the badger cull, not forgetting of course the impending £12 billion welfare cuts to vulnerable people, the privatisation of the NHS and the scrapping of the human rights act. More about these in another blog entry.

You can read about these issues here:

Fox hunting back on the agenda says Jeremy Hunt as Tories plan ‘radical blitz’ after election bloodbath

“A free vote on the hunting ban, scrapping the Human Rights Act and finally working out £12bn of welfare cuts are all in the Conservatives’ plans:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fox-hunting-back-agenda-says-5665629#rlabs=1  – note the poll which shows that 80 percent of people want fox hunting to remain banned. This not only shows you what a cruel and sadistic individual Cameron is but also how he does not respect democracy or the will of the people but pushes on with what appears to be a fixation of his, this fact is apparent if you read the following article written by Cameron back in 2002 which shows what an unbalanced and despicable person he really is. Read the disturbing remarks made by then MP, now unfortunately Prime Minister, David Cameron in the Guardian Newspaper.

“Sitting in parliament involves hours of listening to opinions with which you profoundly disagree. I am usually able to do this without shouting, but as soon as I hear Labour members calling for hunting to be banned, I completely lose it.

When John McFall (Dumbarton) gets to his feet I shout “go back to Scotland, you’ve already banned it.”

Interrupting Gerald Kaufman during one of his lengthy and over-precise questions to the minister, I heard myself baying “shut up, you pompous prat.”

During the hunting debate I sat patiently for five hours without catching the Speaker’s eye. My carefully prepared speech was steadily crumpled and shredded in frustration.””

Read the entire tirade:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/mar/22/davidcameron.politicalcolumnists – Yes I have mentioned this article on many occasions as it offers great insight into the kind of person Cameron is.

Fox hunting, hare coursing and hunting hares with dogs is cruel; it is barbaric and has no place in any modern society. Frankly any hunting is abhorrent and should be banned, but for now we have to fight for the progress we have made and not allow the Torys to reinstate this cruel “sport”.  Fox hunting should be banned permanently and consigned to history where it belongs. The majority of the British public do not want the ban lifted, it is undemocratic for the government to consider its reinstatement.

Please take the following actions.

In the run up to the commons vote to lift the ban on fox hunting I will post as many petitions, notifications of demonstrations and other actions as I come across them. In the meantime please sign the following petitions one of which has been a round awhile but is still relevant of course.  As you will see after signing the avaaz petition  people continue to sign every minute. The Change org petition needs even more signatures than it has at present.

Please sign and share all petitions widely.

Please Sign the following petitions if you have not already signed them and send letters and e-mails to your MP and David Cameron. Also consider writing to Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP MPs asking that they vote on the bill and vote not to repeal the fox hunting act.

David Cameron: For Foxes’ Sake: Don’t Repeal The Fox Hunting Act!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Environment_Secretary_Elizabeth_Truss_For_Foxes_Sake_Dont_Let_The_Tradition_Of_The_Boxing_Day_Hunt_Return/?pv=7&rc=tagging&fb_action_ids=10152759326331561&fb_action_types=og.shares

Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=curated_trending

Also a petition by 38degrees. I am not sure if this petition can be signed by anyone worldwide as some 38 degree petitions are only open to UK residents. However it is worth just filling in the details and see what happens.

DO NOT REPEAL THE FOX HUNTING BAN
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban?bucket=tw

You can write to your MP and tell him or her why you oppose lifting the ban on fox hunting.
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

If you don’t live in the UK can still raise your objections by writing to David Cameron – contact details further down

Letters or e-mail but please try and send send a letter if possible though e-mail if this is easier. Letters can get noticed more but this depends on your MP as does any response you may get. Also tweet them and leave a message on their Facebook page if they have one.

It is Important to note that the bill will put the question to MPs in a free vote, which means they could vote with their consciences and not along party lines. So do not be put off if your MP is a Tory, not all Tories support support this bill, in fact some are opposed:
Conservatives against fox hunting
http://www.conservativesagainstfoxhunting.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bluefoxCAFH

Don’t forget to also write to Cameron and let him know politely but in no uncertain terms what you think of his plans to bring back fox hunting.

Here are Cameron’s contact details

David Cameron

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3475
Fax: 020 7219 0918

Constituency

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HJ
Tel: 01993 702302

Departmental

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
Tel: 020 7270 3000

David Cameron’s websites, Twitter details may also be found by clicking the link below

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

Contact the Scottish National Party

Please write to Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP MPs asking that they vote on the bill and vote not to repeal the fox hunting act.  According to the following more recent news on the issue there is a possibility that the SNPs may vote:
Having previously suggested SNP MPs wouldn’t vote, the party’s leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, told Sky News they’d need to see the legislation before making a decision and on Saturday night Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “We certainly don’t agree with repealing the ban.”
http://news.sky.com/story/1485688/hunting-vote-could-be-just-months-away  – so its well worth writing to Nicola Sturgeon and SNP MPs to encourage them to vote.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon.

All the first ministers contact details can be found by clicking the link below including postal and e-mail addresses, an online form, telephone numbers and  links to her Twitter and Facebook pages. There are many ways you can contact the first minister. Please take as much action as you can.

https://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/currentmsps/28558.aspx

SNP MPs:

Contact details of SNP MPs
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/current-msps.aspx

Visit the League Against Cruel Sports to check out for their latest campaigns against fox hunting and other cruelty to animals in the guise of “sport”
http://www.league.org.uk/?gclid=CLi-op67u8UCFTCWtAodZDkA9g

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting

Related Links

“Supporters of hunting with dogs are confident of overturning the ban imposed 10 years ago, claiming that a majority of MPs in the new House of Commons will vote to lift it.

David Cameron is under mounting pressure from Conservative MPs to honour swiftly the party’s election manifesto pledge to hold a free Commons vote on the ban.  The pro-hunting lobby, which has analysed the views of the MPs elected this month, believes it has achieved the “magic number” of 286 votes it needs to win. The figure is less than half of the 650-member House because the Scottish National Party has said its 56 MPs will not take part.”

The Countryside Alliance calculates that only about 12 of the 330 Conservative MPs will vote to keep the ban imposed by the Blair Government. However, the rival League Against Cruel Sports is also lobbying MPs and is confident that more than 12 Tories will vote to maintain the ban. It believes it can win the critical vote, which could be very close. It accused  the Countryside Alliance of trying to bounce Tory MPs into believing a decision to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 is inevitable, when it is not.

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hunting-ban-set-to-be-repealed-within-12-months-with-early-commons-vote-expected-10254419.html  –  I don’t give a damn about what the majority of MPs want, it’s not about them is it, it’s about democracy, they know perfectly well that the majority of us oppose the repeal of the ban. They are supposed to represent us not their own self serving agendas. Really it is just so sickening that in a modern society there are people think it is perfectly okay to murder members of other species just for fun! It is cruel, unethical and barbaric and it has to stop.

Petition to Help Save Loch Ness Red Squirrels

Please sign the following petition to tell the Scottish Government to stop the Scottish Forestry Commission from destroying squirrel habitat!

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Demand that Loch Ness red squirrels are saved from destruction.

“Red squirrels are endangered in the United Kingdom and are a protected animal. Their forest habitat must be protected or they will not survive.

The Scottish Forestry Commission have brought forward their plans for more clear felling in Invermoriston by 20 years, and we are asking that they leave a forest corridor for the red squirrels so that they don’t die.

The Scottish Forestry Commission are responsible for planting maintaining and harvesting trees. The trees are mainly used for paper making and fuel products. They have already felled three large areas around the village and have not yet replanted any trees. They propose to continue the clear felling which will leave the populations of red squirrels and pine martins no suitable habitat here. They claim to be partners in protecting and reintroducing the red squirrel — so they should not be able to destroy squirrels’ habitat without making some provision for them.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

Squirrels are not the only creatures under threat as a result of the Forestry Commission’s dubious plans.

The destruction of forests displaces others animals, destroys their habitats, their right to live in this world free from interference by man.

Look at what has happened to a forest in Co Durham near to the approach of the Yorkshire Dales

What become of the Stang Forest :

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http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1197951

Privatisation

The Stang Forest was privatised back in 2011 before the coalition abandoned their plans to privatize our forests as a result of public pressure.

“AS protests over the privatisation of the region’s woodland grows, The Northern Echo can reveal that one 526- hectare forest has been sold to a consultancy company.

The Forestry Commission confirmed last night that The Stang, an evergreen forest, was sold in January for £3.25m.”

“The Stang is one of many post-war conifer plantations in the region, but about nine years ago the Forestry Commission launched a 50-year project to encourage a wider variety of trees to grow in the forest.

It was hoped that more hardwood and deciduous trees would attract a wider variety of flora and fauna.”

Read More:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8833856.Consultancy_company_buys_our_woodland/  – at the rate logging is progressing it is unlikely there will be any Forest left in fifty years time or even the next decade!

The new owners promised it would remain accessible.

All well and good if there is any forest left after it has been decimated by logging in the past four years without seemingly much effort to replace the cut down trees.

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http://www.ldwa.org.uk/Cleveland/W/1902/a-barningham-trail.html  As the comment so clearly points out:
“We had good views all day especially from Hope Scar looking towards Teesdale, which had probably not been seen for more than 50 years as this section of Stang Forest had recently been cut down, opening up a panoramic views. “

Maybe an impressive view but what about the thousands of wild creatures displaced including deer and the pleasure of walking in this forest for locals and visitors alike. Indeed vast swaths of this forest have been hacked down and logging continues on a scale more massive than that which previously occurred. In other regions of Co Durham other small forests have been cut down with no regard for the wildlife that inhabits them.

Be on the alert for any  UK government plans to sell off our forests. A different issue you may think but reading the article below and looking at the photographs above it isn’t is it. With privatisation comes even more devastation to our forests and death for our wildlife. Until privatisation relatively few trees had been cut down in the Stang Forest now whole sections lay bear.

Despite the shelving of plans as a result of public pressure to privatise our forests the threat remains, more so after the Tory majority. Prior to the election the Lib/Dems had plans to put forests into trust to avoid privatisation.

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation, so it is likely that privatisation of our forests is on the agenda.
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/lib-dems-forests-trusts-avoid-privatisation-trees

Even with those forests left under the care of the Forestry Commission there remains a threat of private involvement to the detriment of wildlife and local people such was the case of Fineshade Woods in Northamptonshire.

“Forest Holidays, a joint venture with the Forestry Commission, wants to build the holiday cabins at Fineshade Woods, near Corby.

Campaigners say if the multi-million pound venture goes ahead it will threaten wildlife habits and spoil the beauty of the woodland.”

Read More:
Fineshade Woods cabins ‘will be a money-spinner’

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/fineshade-woods-cabins-will-be-a-money-spinner-1-6062432  – note in this article the usual promise of jobs and a boost to the ecconomy in order to justify building at Fineshade woods.

A Close Shave for Fineshade

“Last week I attended the meeting of East Northamptonshire Council at which the councillors considered a planning application from Forest Holidays – a commercial off-shoot of the Forestry Commission – to build 70 holiday chalets in Fineshade Woods.  The outcome was a good one, but the process was concerning. ”

Read More:
https://www.buglife.org.uk/blog/matt-shardlow-ceo/a-close-shave-for-fineshade

While it appears that the threat has passed for Fineshade woods we must remain vigilant to prevent the privatisation of our forests.

The forests are saved, but campaigners must remain vigilant

“The campaign to protect the forests must continue. If we drop our guard, there is little doubt that the government will have another go.  Dave Bangs who co-ordinates Keep Our Forests Public wrote recently in the Morning Star, ‘State ownership’s major advantage is that it subtracts a resource, at least partially, from the irrationality and greed of the market.’ The answer for our public forests is the same as the answer for our economy – we need more democratic public ownership and economy-wide planning, enough to break the dominance of the market and not some porridge of private businesses and “social enterprises” struggling for their market share.'”
Read More:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-forests-are-saved-but-campaigners-must-remain-vigilant/ – notice at the end of the article the following link:
38 degrees forest campaign http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/save-our-forests/ Apparently there was a second attempt last year to privatize our forests from which once again the coalition backed down.  I doubt they have given up yet and now with more power than before it is even more likely they will try again.

Please sign the petition to save red squirrels if you have not already done so:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/