Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Natural England thought their plans to allow the widespread destruction of robin and starling nests and eggs would go unnoticed.

In fact they hid their plans so well that most people only heard about them the day before the so-called public consultation period was due to end – yesterday.

However, Natural England seem to have been panicked into making a hurried defence of themselves after the widespread sharing of this article on the subject:

Here’s the real reason the Tories are allowing the destruction of robin eggs and nests

Here’s Natural England’s response, taken from their website:

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Sounds reasonable?

Well it would if it were true.

Natural England is trying to pretend that they want to allow licences in cases where nests may pose a health and safety hazard.

This is a lie.

Because Natural England already allow licences to destroy nests in those cases.

What the…

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Dr. Lawrence Britt examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to overlook some of the parallels with the characteristics of our government here in the UK. Controlled mass media is one example of such a defining feature of fascism, with “news” being directly controlled and manipulated by the government, regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship is very common. And then there is an obsession with “National Security” – fear is used as a “motivational tool” by the government over the public.
A few months ago, a visit by Government national security agents to smash up computers at The Guardian newspaper hit the news surpisingly quietly, when Edward Snowden exposed a gross abuse of power and revealed mass surveillance programmes by American and British secret policing agencie

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Sadiq Khan Posted by Sadiq Khan, Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Justice Secretary and Member of Parliament for Tooting, on 19 May 2014 In Huff Post Politics blog.
Solicitors, barristers, judges, legal advisors, campaigners and others will today take part in the London Legal Walk. Thousands of people will snake their way from the Royal Courts of Justice to Hyde Park and back to raise money in support of free legal advice charities in London and the South East. Last year, 7,500 walkers raised a staggering half a million pounds. With this year being the tenth anniversary, and the need for free legal advice being as great as ever, the London Legal Walk is aiming to surpass last year’s fantastic total.
Given this is a really important cause I was determined to find time in this week’s busy election campaign schedule to join the walk. Today, I’ll be walking with colleagues from the…

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Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)

There’s been – quite rightly – lots of focus recently on UKIP local election candidates’ vile views on various things from gay marriage to race.

But it should be remembered that the Lib Dems have a longer and just as shameful history in local elections when it comes to racism and homophobia.

In previous local elections, the Lib Dems have not been averse to producing a racist leaflet – depicting an obviously black man, snarling with clenched fists and supposedly threatening elderly residents – if they thought it would win them votes.

And the Lib Dems have also not been averse to using a bit of homophobia if they thought it would win them an election.

Here’s a Lib Dem leaflet from a local election in 2012 in which one of their local candidates was pitted against an openly gay Tory candidate:

homophobia-lib dems“a straight fight”

Mind…

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The Department of Work and Pensions has a long track record of misusing statistics, making unsubstantiated inferences and stigmatising claimants, and it’s clear these are tactics used to vindicate further welfare cuts.
The Tories have peddled the lie that he UK was “on the brink bankruptcy” and claimed the solution to is to cut government spending with a painful programme of austerity cuts. Of course, the UK economy was growing in 2010 when the Tories took over and was subsequently plunged back into recession by Osborne’s austerity policies, which have meant that the economy has not grown at all under the coalition; and for much of their tenure has been contracting. Despite the fact that Osborne was officially rebuked for this lie, the Goebbels-styled repetition propaganda technique employed by the conservatives has embedded this lie in the minds of the public.  However, our current problems are the result of…

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In the years before Cameron’s Health and Social Care Act, the National Health Service (NHS) ran a combined £10 billion surplus. Now it faces bankruptcy.

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In the 6 years before the Tory Health and Social Care Act became law the NHS ran a budget surplus of a combined total of more than £10 billion. This is shown in the table above and can be confirmed on page 9 of the report document Tough times, tough choices – An overview of NHS finances.  Of that £10 billion surplus, more than £2 billion of the surplus came from NHS Trusts in the years preceding 2012.
After the passing of the Tory Health and Social Care Act, however, the combined surplus in the NHS Trust Sector has declined sharply. For example, in the most recent year, the NHS Trust surplus halved. This is confirmed on page 20 of…

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Details originally posted on the Benefits and Work siteon May 15, 2014.
The number of sanctions applied to ESA claimants rose 334% between December 2012 and December 2013, according to new Department of Work and Pensions statistics.
The report shows that since the new Employment Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions regime was introduced on 3 December 2012, there has been a steady increase in the number of sanctions applied, from 1,102 in December 2012 to 4,789 in December 2013.
The total number of adverse sanction decisions over the period 3 December 2012 to 31 December 2013 was 28,702:
  • 5,889 were applied for failure to attend a mandatory interview and
  • 22,814 were applied for failure to participate in work related activity
In addition, the statistics show that, of the 28,702 decisions:
  • 13,994 were reviewed and in 8,508 cases, the decisions were overturned. This equals a “success” rate of…

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Interesting…

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Isn’t UKIP leader Nigel Farage supposed to love the pound?

He must do because he decided to use it as the logo for his party:

UKIP logoSo why – during his jaunt to the US last year – has Nigel been having cosy dinners and generally hanging out (as our American cousins would say) with a man who not only once but twice tried to trash the pound – once calling sterling a “basket case” – in order to further his personal investments.

Here’s a recent picture of Farage with some of his US pals:

farage and jim rogersThe man on the far left (!) is Ron Paul (a man who is so right-wing he’s known in the US as the Godfather of the Tea Party). But even more interestingly the man second on the right with the pink top is billionaire investor James Beeland Rogers, Jr. –…

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If UKIP snitch on me for telling the truth about them and exercising my right to free speech, it’ll only show that I stood up for my beliefs in the face of threats made by cowards and bullies – which is no shame and no disgrace.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

The so-called libertarian party UKIP have been informing the police of anyone who posts things about them they don’t like on the internet.

They are also threatening to sue anyone who uses their logo without their permission.

So much for their supposed support of freedom of speech.

So probably best not to post this anywhere on the internet then:

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Oops!

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Read more from Another Angry Voice blog:

Why I chose to self-censor after legalistic threats from UKIP

And from Axe of Reason blog:

You are not allowed to read this blog

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