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May 15, 2015
Podemos four years ago

Podemos four years ago

One week ago, in came the Election Results, even worse than the Exit Poll, Tories had won the election with a majority, for Labour a crashing defeat.

The Independent on Saturday a week ago had a front page headline and little else, The Strange Death of Liberal Britain.

They were wrong of course. It did not happen on 7 May 2015. We have to go back to VE DAY and the immediate aftermath of WWII.

Post-WWII, we saw the creation of the NHS and the Welfare State. There was a broad consensus across all political parties, that if we all worked together, helped those less fortunate, we were all better off.

And if you wish to see the contrast, look pre-WWII, where poor families wee on the breadline, always living on the edge, fearful if any member of the family fell ill, especially the breadwinner, as how could they pay for the doctor?

The swinging sixties. A steady period of growth through the 1950s and 1960s. Harold MacMillan told us we had never had it so good, and for many this was true. Harold Wilson looked to the future, Concorde, the world’s first supersonic civilian aircraft, the white heat of technology.

But dark forces were gathering, this (as they saw it) socialist, Keynesian society was not to everyone’s liking.

Far-right think tanks were established. They had a very simple and simplistic message, greed was good, we were all individuals.

What had been seen until then as the economic lunatic fringe, Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher adopted the doctrines of the Chicago School, Milton Freedom their prophet, the state was bad, regulation was bad, the state was to be rolled back, privatised, outsourced, as Maggie Thatcher famously told us, there was no such thing as society, there was no alternative, the Lady was not for turning. Neo-liberalism was born.

If people were poor, there must be some deficiencies in their character.

Harald MacMillan criticised Thatcher for selling off the family silver.

Any economic political system is not set in stone, it is not a law of nature. It is writ and devised by man, and can be unwrit by man.

The neo-liberal agenda had run its course with the banking crisis. It was not working. The world economy was facing meltdown.

The banks were bailed out, reinforcing a dictum of Noam Chomsky, we have capitalism for the poor and socialism for the rich.

Ne-liberalism should have been confined to the margins of history, its proponents viewed in the same light as members of the Flat Earth Society. And yet this has not happened.

It has not happened, because powerful vested interests have a vested interest in retaining and maintaining neo-liberalism. It may be a failed project for society, but it is not a failed project for them. It has enabled them to accumulate vast amounts of wealth that would make even the eyes of Croesus (King of Lydia 560-547 BC) water.

These wealthy individuals and corporations are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into the think tanks to keep their project alive. An estimated $900 million per annum.

Democracy is for sale, politician are for sale.

The election that took place, no one could tell the difference, Tweedledee v Tweedledum.

Scaremongering by the Murdoch press aided and abetted by Lord Rothermere and the Barclay Brothers.

Vote labour and you would have Nicola Sturgeon and rabid SNP that must be kept the other side of Hadrian’s Wall eating your children alive.

For years ago, the people of Madrid, occupied the centre in a huge rally.

For Spain, democracy was born. This was not the old, corrupt political parties, this was the people, and it terrified the corrupt political elite.

Since the 15M movement, Spain has seen the rise of a democratic revolution from the bottom up. Whereas in 2011 it was all “bottom”, in 2015 the “up” is within reach. One of the most repeated mottos chanted at protests four years ago was Que no, que no, que no nos representan [No, no, they don’t represent us], “they” being the politicians in power. Today, we’re beginning to hear Que sí, que sí, que sí nos representan [Yes, yes, they do represent us], “they” being regular people who, tired of feeling unrepresented, have organized to try to take back the political institutions. This reverse, hopeful motto is what hundreds cheered at a recent gathering of activists running for the May 25th municipal elections as representatives of newly formed citizen candidacies around Spain.

It all started about a year ago with Guanyem Barcelona, now called Barcelona en Comú, an initiative that has inspired people in dozens of Spanish cities and towns to create their own citizen candidacies, where members of various social movements and non-establishment political parties have converged to stand for local government, the most relevant being Ahora Madrid. With the elections just days away, the support for these new non-parties is turning out to be huge. Some of them, notably Barcelona en Comú, have a very good chance of winning, according to the polls.

In Greece, Syriza has risen out of similar activist grass roots.

Then look to England, Labour talking about aspiration, as though a PR marketing exercise. No attempts to connect with grass roots.

A few days ago, a Town Hall meeting to discuss the kicking out of tenants at Sweets Way. The public were barred from entering what was a public meeting, even those who were being kicked out were barred from entering. Is this democracy? Where were the political parties?

Where have been the political parties as social cleansing has been taking place across London.

When tenants at New Era Estate were facing eviction, it was working with Russell Brand that won at the end of the day.

Where are the people who say they want to lead the Labour Party?

All they are able to do is speak of aspiration.

It is not aspiration we need, it is action.

For the people facing eviction, just to be able to keep a roof over their head would be a start.

People need to wake up to the fact the existing parties, the political system does not work for them. They have to start organising at grass roots, set up their own candidates, take control through their own candidates.

In Scotland, the Independence Referendum galvanised people. It enabled SNP to sweep the board.

In England, transferring power to regional and local councils, is not devolution, it is transferring power from one set of corrupt politicians to an even more corrupt set of politicians.

We have a system of forced representation, political parties impose themselves upon us, and say they will act for us. They do not, they act for themselves and Big Business.

Did we ever invite them to enter our lives?

No.

Representation has to come from the people themselves.

Democracy is not casting a vote every five years, civic duty done.

Democracy is participation, involvement every day of the week.

Labour: What went wrong?

May 10, 2015
ToryLite - Ed Balls

ToryLite – Ed Balls

Last week, a disastrous result for Labour.

If the exit polls were bad, the result when the votes counted even worse.

  • Tories 331
  • Labour 232
  • SNP 56
  • LibDems 8
  • Plaid Cymru 3
  • Green Party 1
  • UKIP 1
  • others 18

Tories are 99 seats ahead of Labour.

For Labour, this is an even worse result than when Gordon Brown lost the General Election five years ago following the banking crisis. It is an even worse crisis than when labour lost seats under Neil Kinnock.

What went wrong?

Probably the best analysis from Mark Steel:

Maybe there was another problem with Labour’s campaign, which is it’s almost impossible to win an election by opposing corporate greed, against a hostile media, unless you have a social movement behind you. For example the leaders of Syriza in Greece were known for running massive food banks, leading marches of youth against the closure of services and organising protests against the fascists of Golden Dawn.

Obama is hardly a radical, but his first election revolved around the thousands of students who travelled across America to campaign for him, the vast rallies of tens of thousands and the fundraising from the poorest corners. The SNP vote was clearly more than an election, it was a movement, with thousands mobbing towns such as Inverness, just in order to see Nicola Sturgeon walk up the road. Even Blair in 1997 had a Labour Party that had recruited 80,000 members.

With forces like that, the insults from the press have less impact. There’s an army of people enthused with hope, ready to counter the arguments peddled by the press, and take up the cause of the campaign in every workplace, bar or launderette.

Ed Miliband managed to infuriate Murdoch and the wealthy, but he had no movement to back him up. So for enough people, the fear ate into them, and  they were left distant from a carefully managed sterile campaign, leaving them vulnerable, to a last-minute panic and a vote for the Tories.

When Russell Brand endorsed Labour, albeit a heavily qualified endorsement, he had a lot of stick from his supporters, and understandably so, it was Tweedledee v Tweedledum, barely any difference between Tories and Labour, and at  best, Labour lesser of two evils. As Russell Brand was later to agree, but the radical alternative was not on the table, we had to make the best of of what was on offer.

Nor was it helped that in Ed Miliband Labour had a disastrous leader, who should have resigned at least a year ago to give Labour at least a fighting chance, rather than wait until he lost the election, then resign.

Unlike Syriza in Greece or Podemos in Spain, Labour was not a party working with activists and civil society. This was another boring political party saying vote for us, so we can ruin your lives for the next five years.

Labour was not even opposing austerity.

Labour was offering ToryLite, nothing more.

Same discredited Tory policies, but watered down a little to make them a little more palatable.

Today Tony Blair and Peter Mandleson entered the fray, offering their two peneth worth. They want to return to the discredited Blair years.

Remember Blair, over a million people took to the streets to oppose the illegal war against Iraq, Parliament was lied to, but still we went to war. Now we have ISIS. But lest we forget, it has proved a nice little earner for Blair and his cronies.

No, Labour must not return to the Blair years nor must it return to the beer and sandwiches with the Trade Unions at Downing Street.

Blair showed contempt for the opponents of the Iraq war. But Ed Miliband showed the same contempt for the British people by refusing to grant an EU referendum.

Labour failed to listen on immigration. If you flood a country with unskilled labour willing to work for low wages, you are going to force down wages, force people out of work. If you flood a country with immigrants, you are going to create social disharmony, housing shortages, pressure on infrastructure, schools and hospitals.

If Labour is to have any meaning, it must become a radical party like Syriza and Podemos, they must be working with activists.

When the protests kick off against Welfare Cuts, as soon they will, Labour must be there on the front line.

They must be there resisting bailiffs kicking people out of their homes when they cannot pay their rent due to Bedroom Tax and Welfare Cuts.

They must clean out their entire front bench.

Any leader wannabe who says Labour too far to the left should be advised that they are in the wrong party and pointed in the direction of Tories or LibDems.

Yes, labour should be supporting enterprise, the enterprise of hard working people, small business, open coops, social enterprise, but not Big Business.

It goes without saying :Labour should scrap the Bedroom Tax, increase tax for the wealthiest, increase minimum wage, in the long term bring in a Basic Income, oppose TTIP, HS2 gravy train and airport expansion, support deep cuts in carbon emissions, change the planning rules that any development that increases carbon emissions will not be permitted development, that any new development has to lead to a decrease in carbon emissions, that any change of use of a pub has to be subject to obtaining planning consent, support the establishment of local, community owned and controlled electricity grids.

David Cameron: I want five more years to finish the job

May 8, 2015
General Election 2015 final results

General Election 2015 final results

ToryLite - Ed Balls

ToryLite – Ed Balls

GE2015 fracking shares soar

GE2015 fracking shares soar

Every nation gets the government it deserves. — Joseph de Maistre

The opinion polls have come in for a lot of stick, how could they have got it so wrong? The exit poll was dismissed by the LibDems and Labour as nonsense. The reality proved even worse.

Opinion polls ask people how they intend to vote. An exit poll asks how people voted. The exit poll also took a much larger sample.

If the exit polls were bad, the result when the votes counted even worse.

  • Tories 331
  • Labour 232
  • SNP 56
  • LibDems 8
  • Plaid Cymru 3
  • Green Party 1
  • UKIP 1
  • others 18

Tories are 99 seats ahead of Labour.

For Labour, this is an even worse result than when Gordon Brown lost the General Election five years ago following the banking crisis. It is an even worse crisis than when labour lost seats under Neil Kinnock.

David Cameron asked for five more years to finish the job, and he got it. He got it with an increase in the number of seats and a Parliamentary majority.

The first to benefit of five more years, the banks and power companies saw their shares leap in value. They know they have a green light to screw their customers. Fracking companies saw the biggest jump in share price, knowing they have a green light to destroy the environment.

Five more years of kicking the poor, the sick, the marginalised, of NHS privatisation, of austerity, of zero hours contracts, of exploitation, of mass transference of wealth from the poor to the rich.

Tories told us they had reduced taxes. They had not. Not if you include income tax, VAT and other taxes. For the bottom taxes had increased by 2%, for the supposedly squeezed middle by a little less than 1%, for the top by 2%.

Austerity has been an unmitigated disaster.

IMF-EU-German imposed austerity on Greece has seen their economy shrink by 25%, debt has risen from 125% of GDP to 175% of GDP.

Austerity is recognised internationally as a failed policy.

Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman has detailed the failure of austerity. Warning a very long read.

But it depends upon your viewpoint. For the Tories, austerity is a huge success. Helped by their willing little helpers the LibDems, Tories used austerity to push through a neo-liberal agenda, an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, mass closure of public libraries (in Lincolnshire 30 out of 45 public libraries to close, the new Birmingham Library opened to much fanfare already on reduced hours), privatisation of NHS.

In Greece Syriza offered an alternative to austerity, in Spain Podemos do the same, as did SNP in Scotland.

In England, ToryLite aka Labour, offered a slightly watered down version of Tory austerity. In reality there was no difference, or very little difference, Tweedledee v Tweedledum, Tories v ToryLite, David Cameron v Ed Miliband, George Osborne v Ed Balls.

It was obvious at least a year ago, Ed Miliband was a disaster for Labour, as was Ed Balls.

It was obvious Ed Miliband would resign after the election

Both should have resigned, and Labour should have adopted a completely different agenda. They would then have had a realistic chance of defeating the Tories.

It was unbelievable crass stupidity of Ed Miliband to rule out talking to SNP.

During the Indy Ref in Scotland, there was mass participation, grass roots participation. This has translated through to SNP wiping the board in Scotland.

In Glasgow, Labour safe seats with majorities of over 10,000 fell. In one Glasgow seat a swing from labour to SNP of 39%.

Many in England would have voted for SNP, given half the choice.

The seven party debate, illustrated how out of touch with reality was Ed Miliband.

Austerity is not working. It is a failed policy.

The only time Ed Milliband came across as coherent, was in conversation with Russell Brand. Elsewhere, incoherent, meaningless sound bites.

What Ed Miliband failed to realise, and supporters of Russell Brand did, they would not touch Ed Miliband with a bargepole, and Russell Brand got a lot of stick for endorsing Labour. Supporters of Russell Brand (some of the most politically active in the country) want to see genuine radical change, not a pale imitation of the Tories.

People could not tell the difference between Tories and ToryLite. It was the lesser of two evils, nothing more.

Labour has supported TTIP.

Labour has supported austerity and benefit cuts.

Labour has supported HS2 gravy train.

Labour has failed to support deep cuts needed in carbon emissions.

Labour failed to support re-nationalization of railways.

Labour has failed to oppose expansion of aviation, in particular ruling out any additional runways in the south east.

Labour gave no indication it would get tough with the banks, break them up, put a few banksters in prison.

Labour are as embedded with Big Business as the Tories. How many have on secondment from PWC, writing their policies for them?

Had Labour adapted a more radical agenda, we would not be facing five more years of Tory Hell.

Ed Miliband has reigned, Ed Balls has lost his seat. The entire Labour front bench should resign.

Such was the contempt for the people, Labour was not even offering a Referendum on Europe.

Former Labour Minister Charles Clarke on BBC Radio 4 Any Questions this evening made the very valid point. Labour has lost touch with ordinary people.

Look to Podemos in Spain, or Syriza in Greece for radical parties.

Until Labour are prepared to start working with activists on the street, then they are a complete waste of space.

I suggest everyone in Labour read Revolution and This Changes Everything, as they then may have some understanding of the change required, until they do, they have merely demonstrated they have completely lost the plot.

For the rest of us, democracy is not something one does once every five years. For the rest of us Westminster is almost an irrelevance. For the rest of us, democracy is something you do every day, participation, direct action.

Top Story in The Digital Mission Daily (Saturday 9 May 2015).

And now for the coup d’état

May 7, 2015
Stop the  coup d'état

Stop the coup d’état

It has been an honourable tradition, you lose the election, you resign with grace and humility, congratulate your opponent.

If the opinion polls are to be believed, there will be no outright winner.

Dark forces are at work.

For days, Murdoch, Barclay Brothers and Lord Rothermere have been proclaiming a win by Labour lacks legitimacy, Ed Miliband conning his way into Downing Street, a Labour-SNP government not a legitimate government. On the other hand, if David Cameron and the Tories cling onto power, that would be a legitimate government.

All of which is absolute nonsense.

The only government that has any legitimacy, is one that can command the support of the majority of seats in the House of Commons.

It could be Caroline Lucas, backed by SNP, Plaid Cymru and rebels from Labour. If she commanded support of the majority of Members of the House of Commons, she would be able to form the next government.

If David Cameron tries to cling on to power, and his government lacks legitimacy, lacks the support of the people, then there must be mass mobilisation of people to take to the streets to bring down what in essence would be a coup d’état, but not only occupy the streets, but also occupy tax dodgers like Starbucks and Vodafone, and target Big Business backers of the illegitimate government. Mobilisation would include the Trade Unions calling a General Strike.

Democracy does not begin and end with casting a vote today. That is a mere side issue, to decide who sits in the House of Commons. Democracy is something we do every day, we participate, we take direct action, we occupy. And we expect to get as much media attention as the mass media has given to the General Election.

Note: The exit polls give the election to David Cameron, but a small swing either way, could either give Tories a clear majority, or put an anti-austerity alliance in the running.

Russell Brand: Why I backed Labour

May 7, 2015

Russell Brand’s endorsement of Labour, albeit a very qualified endorsement, was bound to raise the hackles of many of his associates and supporters. And so it has proved to be.

What Russell Brand has managed to do and it is something none of our politicians and political parties have been able to do, with the exception of Caroline Lucas, is to engage people in the political system. Not Westminster, which is increasingly seen as an outdated, 19th century irrelevance, but what is going on around them, what effects their daily lives.

We are affected by tax dodgers when it means library closures, welfare cuts, cuts to public services.

We are affected by austerity, when we see it is simply an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, transfer of money from the poor to the rich.

We are affected by the privatisation of the NHS, with deteriorating services, and transfer of money out of the NHS to offshore companies, offshore companies with links to David Cameron and his cronies.

We are affected by zero-hours, poverty wages, mind numbing, temporary, part time McJobs.

We are affected by Global Warming and Climate Chaos.

We are affected by pollution and deteriorating air quality.

We are affected by fracking and contaminated ground water.

We are affected by overpriced, poor quality public transport.

It is less than half an hour until the Polling Stations close. You could make a difference.

In Scotland vote SNP.

In Wales vote Plaid Cymru.

In Brighton vote Caroline Lucas, Green Party.

In Newham vote Tasmin Osmond, Green Party.

In Aldershot and Farnborough vote Carl Hewett, Green Party.

In Farnnham and Godalming vote  Dr Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party.

Yes, if we had been offered Syriza or Podemos, we would have had real choice, but that was not what was on offer. We had to make the best of a bad job.

This does not mean democracy ends today, until five years time, far from it, get active, participate, take direct action, set up social enterprises, open coops, contribute to the collaborate commons.

And tonight and the next few days, be alert for the coup d’état and be prepared to take to the streets.

Occupy Democracy ‘This is What Democracy Looks Like’

May 7, 2015

Overlooking The Acropolis in Athens is a hillside.

On the side of the hill, is a natural amphitheatre with a large stone.

Orators would stand on the stone and address the crowd.

That is what democracy looked liked.

The last time we saw democracy, real democracy, was in ancient Greece.

Democracy is not casting your vote at the Polling Station, deciding who will sit in the House of Commons and act for Big Business, it is not deciding who will sit in the council chamber and get in bed with greedy developers, it is direct action, it is participation in the political process every day of the week.

The Sun and Cameron Twin Evil

May 6, 2015

The dark, incestuous relationship between David Cameron, the Conservative Party and Evil Murdoch Empire.

Liar Nick Clegg told students there would be no student tuition fees. In bed with the Tories, backing them on every bad policy and helping to force through Parliament, they backed the tripling of student fees, leaving students with massive debts on graduation.

If you are thinking of voting LibDem, remember they are the party of no principles, they will get into bed with any party that makes Nick Clegg deputy Prime Minister.

LibDems would get into bed with ISIS and claim they had made be-headings more humane.

If the LibDems get wiped out, we will all cheer.

The Sun is the rag that propagates hate. Hate towards anyone who gets in the way of the Evil Murdoch Empire.

Kick the Tories out, kick Murdock out.

How do we do this?

In Scotland vote SNP.

In Wales vote Plaid Cymru.

In Brighton vote Caroline Lucas, Green Party.

In Newham vote Tasmin Osmond, Green Party.

In Aldershot and Farnborough vote Carl Hewett, Green Party.

In Farnnham and Godalming vote  Dr Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party.

David Cameron? You’re Avin’ A Laugh!

May 5, 2015

Last week David Cameron called Russell Brand a joke.

More fool David Cameron to pick a fight with Russell Brand, as we know who is going to have the last laugh.

A measure of the desperation of Davdid Cameron are the attacks on SNP.

Russell Brand endorses Labour?

May 4, 2015

Last week we had the first part of a conversation between Russell Brand and Ed Miliband, where Ed Miliband managed to have a meaningful conversation, rather than spout meaningless sound bites.

Today the second half.

What I heard Ed Miliband say is that if we speak, he will listen. So on that basis, I think we’ve got no choice but to take decisive action to end the danger of the Conservative party.

David Cameron might think I’m a joke but I don’t think there’s anything funny about what the Conservative party have been doing to this country and we have to stop them.

If you’re Scottish, you don’t need an English person telling you what to do. You know what you’re going to be doing. If you’re in Brighton I think it’d be a travesty if we lost the voice of Caroline Lucas in Westminster.

But anywhere else you’ve got to vote Labour, you’ve got to get the Conservative party out of government in this country so that we can begin community-led activism, so that we can be heard continually on housing, on poverty, inequality, on working.

David Cameron says he wants five more years to finish the job.

Austerity, Shock Doctrine, neo-liberal agenda, slash and burn of public services, library closures, cuts to welfare, tax dodging, TTIP, GMOs, fracking, privatisation of NHS, and mass transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.

A vote for LibDems is a vote down the drain. A party completely lacking in principle, who will get into bed with anyone. Libems backed every bad Tory policy and helped the Tories push it through.

During the election the LibDems, were the Coalition Party. We will back anyone, if we get back into government.

LibDems would get into bed with ISIS, then claim they had made be-headings more humane.

Labour aka ToryLite, is only marginally better than the Tories.

Many supporters of Russell Brand will baulk at the thought of voting Labour. But it is a case of hold your nose.

In Scotland vote SNP.

It is crass stupidity of Ed Miliband to rule out any deal with SNP. To do so is to jump to the tune of Murdoch.

And any deal with LibDems would be a betrayal of those who may be inclined to vote Labour.

In Wales, vote Plaid Cymru.

In Brighton, vote Caroline Lucas.

In Newham, vote Tasmin Osmond.

If Green Party stand a chance of getting elected, then vote Green Party.

Green Party stand a good chance of kicking out Gerald Howath in Aldershot.

Green Party stand a good chance of taking Tory council seats in Farnborough.

In Farnham vote for Dr Louise Irvine who has an excellent chance of unseating Jeremy Hunt.

But if elected, we expect Ed Miliband to work with civic society, to stop social cleansing in London, to break up the banks, to end austerity, to listen, to give support to social enterprises, open co-ops, collaborative commons, to push power down to grass roots.

An about turn by Russell Brand?

To knock on the head a falsehood that gets endlessly repeated. Russell Brand has not said do not vote, he has questioned casting a vote to prop up a corrupt and failed political system. That is what politicians want you to do, cast your vote, then post-election day, do nothing, do not participate, let them continue ruining our lives.

What Russell Brand has proposed, is that we have a Revolution and overthrow the present corrupt political system, but if you have a chance to vote in a candidate of the calibre of Caroline Lucas who actually acts for the people then yes get out and vote.

The best we can hope for is a minority Labour government, in a loose alliance with Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Green Party. And under no circumstances in coalition with the LibDems.

Democracy does not end Polling Day, we continue the direct action, demand participation.

Murdoch running scared

May 1, 2015
time to drain this poison from our political system

time to drain this poison from our political system

Right now, the Daily Mail and Rupert Murdoch’s media machines are feeding readers a never-ending diet of fear, smear and misinformation.   — Avaaz

Murdoch is running scared, Murdoch is running very scared.

The phone hacking scandal exposed the extent of his corrupt criminal empire.

Russell Brand has exposed the extent of his tax dodging empire.

Two days ago, Murdoch ran a smear story on the front page of The Sun, smearing Russell Brand and Ed Miliband and The Trews interview, and yet, the interview had not yet been shown. But then why bother with something as inconenient as facts?

The Sun was not the exception, Daily Mail ran a similar smear story.

The next day, ie yesterday, The Sun told its readers in England to vote Tory, in Scotland to vote SNP. In other words vote to stop Labour.

Today the Daily Star had a smear story on its front page saying Russell Brand wanted to be Prime Minister. The Daily Star is owned by a porn baron who so far has bailed out UKIP to the tune of over £1 million. Whiff of trying to buy a seat in the House of Lords?

Russell Brand has more followers on twitter than The Sun. He certainly has greater influence.

The Murdoch media and Lord Rothermere with the Daily Mail, have been doing their best to poison the General Election with their lies.

An editorial in the Daily Mail today was typical, where it blamed Labour for the failings of RBS, the bank which helped crash the economy. No, the fault was entirely that of the banksters running RBS.

Why Murdoch is running scared, so very scared, is because Labour, Green Party and the other fringe parties are willing to push through much needed reform of media ownership, and in particular, of foreign ownership, and they are not scared of Murdoch.

A measure of how scared Murdoch, he recently attacked his own hacks for not running more smears.

Lord Rothermere is running scared, because he will lose his non-dom status and will no longer  be able to avoid tax.

And we should not forget the Telegraph owned by the Barclay Brothers (an oversight not to report the criminal activity of HSBC, a platform for the fossil fuel lobby, smear campaign against Nicola Sturgeon).

For the past few weeks, Avaaz has been working with Open Democracy to monitor the coverage of the election — and it’s clear that the Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Sun are presenting a deeply skewed version of reality.

  • In all three papers the same attacks and soundbites from Conservative HQ appeared verbatim.
  • The personal insults against Miliband (back-stabber, nerd) were running at over five a day but have now shifted to Sturgeon (poisoned-dwarf), which are now running at six attacks a day. All in all, these papers have personally attacked Ed Miliband 85 times and David Cameron only 5.
  • Over the last month, newspapers have already attempted to redefine the winner of the election, with 11 unconstitutional and false claims a week that the party with the most seats is the only one with right to form the government.

So how do we effect change, how do we kill the Evil Murdoch Empire once and for all?

Take direct action. When you see The Sun on display, turn it upside down, back to front, then pile other newspapers on top.

Over 9 million people follow Russell Brand on twitter, over a million subscribers to The Trews. How many live in the UK? Let us assume, that every one who does live in the UK, goes out and votes Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Green Party. Think what shock waves that would send through the system, the message to the political establishment? Don’t just think about it, go out and do it, then plan what real political action you are going to take.