Democracy Matters.

We went to the event at Northwood House in Cowes last night, to hear Julian Critchley speak again. There had been some debate about whether to cancel, but the decision to resume campaigning was, I believe, correct. We held a minute’s silence, and then Julian expressed what we have all been thinking: terrorism and the even more dangerous fear of terrorism must not stop democracy.

I didn’t have the heart or the time to blog after Tuesday morning’s news. As much as I know that children in Libya, Syria, the Yemen and Iraq are being murdered horrible every day with the complicity of the British state, the Manchester bombing was still a horrible blow. I am not immune to tribalism, and I feel the sense of shock, as well as a renewed pride in the British people, who are, by and large, responding with reason and love, rather than division and hatred. My hope is that the onslaught of lies and filth that the right wing press are spewing isn’t sticking; that people have finally seen through the militarised establishment and are rejecting their lies.

Theresa May was home secretary for five years. She has run down the police force (using her default contrived tone of crusading necessity to justify it) and then she has made a huge strategic blunder, looks as though she might lose the election, and is using the murder of children to justify putting the army on the streets and shutting down democracy for the better part of a week. It feels surreal. This morning, I see stories about them arming G4S, and letting them loose: the evil, incompetent demagogue wants to hire mercenaries from a company from which her husband profits and give them armed power over British citizens.

…the evil, incompetent demagogue wants to hire mercenaries from a company from which her husband profits and give them armed power over British citizens.

An excellent blog, which I recommend, posted this graphic on social media yesterday. It sums up the situation perfectly.

And, how is it, whenever MI6 drops the ball, it’s always in an election year? They’re fighting a couple of hundred disaffected onanists in bedsits, not the wermacht. What do we pay them for?

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