The Western Obsession with a ‘Greater Ukraine’

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(This article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain – No. 1778, dated the 8.6.14, Pages 6-7)

The United States of America (and her bourgeois allies) has been involved in an attack on modern Russia over the last 6 months that has mimicked Nazi Germany’s military aggression against the Soviet Union in 1941. Both capitalist countries – the USA and Hitler’s Germany – attacked Russia through the Ukraine in an attempt to gain control of her natural resources, and reduce or completely nullify Russian political influence outside of her geographical area. Neither attack has been successful due to the character and strength of the Ukrainians and the Russians (and the implicit character weaknesses of the greedy bourgeois), but it is remarkable how history repeats itself – ‘first as tragedy, second as farce’ – as Marx correctly stated. It is ironic that just after the 69th anniversary of the defeat of fascism by the Soviet Red Army and her Western allies, the USA and UK are actively encouraging and supporting a neo-Nazi resurgence in the Ukraine that has usurped the legitimate government and replaced it with a junta bent on annexing the country permanently to the capitalist and liberal bourgeois politics of Europe and the West. This situation has developed primarily due to the fact that the USA, after successfully working to undermine the USSR in 1991, has continued to pursue a policy of political, economic, and cultural destabilisation in Russia and its surrounding countries. As Russia refuses to outlaw Communism as a political movement, and to distance itself from its Soviet past, the USA (and the UK) live in perpetual fear of a resurgent Communist state, and constantly works to undermine such a development through a relentless propaganda programme coupled with both overt and covert political and military initiatives, etc. The USA would prefer to see an annexed Ukraine as a junior partner member of the European Union (EU), which is nothing more than an extension of US foreign policy designed to dismantle any Socialist welfare provisions within European countries, and in their place instigate the ruthless implementation of free market economics.

Following Hitler’s rise to power in the early 1930’s, his book of rightwing delirium entitled Mein Kampf (My Struggle) was extensively published throughout Europe and the world. Hitler, however, made sure that each edition was carefully edited and altered to suit the mentality of its intended audience. This policy was deliberately designed to minimise the offense it would cause if the intended audience really understood what Hitler thought about them, and the inferior place they would occupy when his racialised utopia was eventually established in Europe and the rest of the world. As a consequence, the editions of Mein Kampf available in the UK and the USA omitted the sections containing the strongest and most obvious offensive remarks which lead many prominent intellectuals and leaders to view Hitler in a positive light, assuming that he was a moderate politician trying to make the best of Germany’s bad situation. In 1935, for instance, Winston Churchill (in his book entitled Great Contemporaries) referred to Adolf Hitler as a ‘Genius born of the miseries of Germany’, and went on to say ‘We may yet live to see Hitler a gentler figure in a happier age.’ This book was republished in 1937 with no alterations. Such was Hitler’s plan to deceive, that he ensured that his policy of ‘lebensraum’ (or ‘living space’) was virtually unknown in the West – and yet it served as the basis of his military plans to conquer Europe and was the single motivating force behind his 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. Hitler believed that his racially pure German armies would sweep the inferior races out and away from their homelands and that millions of German people would consequently move in and occupy this new space, presumably with no thought whatsoever to how the land was acquired by Nazi Germany, or came to be free of its original inhabitants. Part of this policy, of course, involved the mass transportation of undesirable populations to Concentration Camps for ‘Processing’, a pseudonym for mass murder and eradication.

In 1935, Pierre Laval signed a mutual assistance pact with the Soviet Union on behalf of the French government in an attempt to present a united front against Hitler’s aggressive rhetoric and rapid militarisation of Nazi Germany. This action appeared to be half-hearted on behalf of the French who refused to follow this agreement with the usual military convention, thus rendering the agreement with the Soviet Union virtually useless. The situation was compounded by the fact that Pierre Laval was sympathetic toward the rightwing cause, and actively sought a bona fide alliance with Mussolini’s fascist Italy. This situation had come about because the previous French Foreign Minister – Louis Barthou – who was in favour of a broad and functioning Grand Alliance across Europe and the USSR against Nazi Germany – was assassinated in October 1934, and the rightwing Pierre Laval had taken his place. Laval felt compelled to appease the leftwing momentum that had been built through Barthou’s efforts and signed the treaty with the USSR knowing full well that he would never allow France to come to the aid of the USSR in time of war. In the meantime the Western powers developed the policy of appeasement toward Hitler (and Mussolini) and their fascist armies (together with the forces of Imperial Japan) continued their march across the globe.

By 1938, the Nazi German representative Ribbentrop was being invited to Paris for high level diplomatic talks regarding the position France would take if Germany turned her armies eastward, and invaded the USSR. The French failed to condemn the intended Nazi military aggression against the Soviet Union, and in a matter of weeks, influential national newspapers (such as Le Matin and Le Temps) were strongly expressing their support in favour of the formation of a ‘Greater Ukraine’, which would be administered by Ukrainian pro-Nazi sympathisers, and into which large German populations would be allowed to migrate, effectively ethnically cleansing the area of indigenous Ukrainians and destroying the legitimate Communist regime. France did not invent the policy of ‘Greater Ukraine’; indeed Hitler had been working on this idea (and many like it) for years, and was busy experimenting with which particular formulation of fascist intent elicited the least resistance from his potential enemies. It is, however, alarming how the French (and British) press seized upon the opportunity to vigorously support the idea of enhancing the prestige of Nazi Germany whilst simultaneously diminishing that of the Soviet Union. A year later, and now fearing the Nazi German build-up along its borders, France protested Hitler’s apparent preparations for invasion. German negotiators simply pointed out that France had allowed this build-up to develop through its attitude toward the ‘friendship talks’ with Ribbentrop the previous year.

As events transpired, the Nazi war machine invaded the Ukraine in 1941, and laid waste to its vast geographical area, whilst systematically murdering and exterminating large sections of its populations. This devastation also included the encirclement and destruction of vast Soviet military formations, which were, in the early days, unable to prevent the German advance. Out of the Ukrainian population, many traitors and collaborators emerged to assist the Nazi regime and act as local instigators of Nazi atrocities. Sixty-nine years on, the descendents of those collaborators, encouraged by the USA, have taken up arms again in the name of totalitarian hatred, intolerance, and genocide. What is happening today is not new. The Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union – with its resultant 27 million casualties – was most definitely a tragedy of massive proportions, but now history is repeating itself as farce, with the USA trying to force the true pro-Russian Ukrainians to change their historical allegiances away from mother Russia and toward an illusionary capitalist political entity, called the ‘European Union’. Sixty-nine years ago Western Europe envisioned the annexing of the Ukraine into a ‘Greater Ukraine’, which is ironically, nothing less than a radically diminished Ukraine – a Ukraine in name only destined to become the dustbin of Europe. The capitalist West is attempting to make this dream a reality and is financing and arming neo-Nazi thugs to maim and kill the true freedom fighters of the Ukraine – the real descendents of the Soviet Red Army.

 

 

London Rejects Fascism!

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(This letter appeared in the New Worker, the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain, No 1777, dated 30.5.14, Page 8)

The good people of London have thoroughly rejected the xenophobic and racist message of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in the May 2014 Local Council Elections. UKIP has received in these elections unprecedented financial and media support – particularly from the rightwing BBC and the supermarket chain Trago Mills – and yet still failed to make a breakthrough in multicultural London. This is not surprising considering that a local UKIP candidate for South London referred to multicultural, tolerant and progressive Croydon during in an interview as being ‘a dump’. Many UKIP members are supporters of various other far-right (and equally inept) political organisations, that also have a long history of electoral failure. Despite the mainstream media support and excessive financial resources spent on UKIP’s campaign, it is disappointing for this lunatic fringe movement to learn that outside of London they only received 25% of the vote amongst populations where rightwing views are fairly normal.

 

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(This article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britiain, No 1776, dated 23.5.14, Page 11)

Every right minded human being should condemn the result of the recent general election in India, and commiserate with the ordinary people of the Indian working class. The racist and Hindu nationalist BJP Party has won the election by a landslide victory. It has campaigned solely upon a capitalist ticket, claiming that through stringent rightwing control of the country, the economy can be made strong. This is the usual rightwing nonsense that is nothing more than the rhetoric of the minority bourgeois, which is designed to give a false hope to the masses, whilst their exploitation intensifies. The BJP rule will lead to extreme ethnic tensions between communities, and this tension will inevitably over-spill into open violence. Voting for the BJP is the equivalent in the UK of voting for a rightwing political party that is a combination of the Church of England and the British National Party – it is a political party of ignorance incarnate!

Of course, the rightwing BBC and other Western media outlets are eulogising this victory of a rightwing, bigoted party simply because it has fully embraced the language and intentions of pure capitalism. The BJP, as is the case with all racist parties, will use any expedient to gain power, and tell any number of lies to gain influence. The inequalities of capitalism can never be solved, because the foundations of capitalism are premised entirely upon the unending exploitation of the poor – an ongoing process that can only end with the transition into Socialism. The BJP is a vicious and racist religious fundamentalist political party that simply wants political power to pursue the spread of its feudalistic, ignorant beliefs. The BJP has no other agenda, despite its pretence to formulate economic plans and implementation strategies.

It is an astonishing situation to see the majority of Indian voters elect an openly racist and hate-filled party that espouses intolerance, separation, and discrimination as normal modes of political, cultural, and social interaction. Particularly when viewed in the light of the fact that India as a country suffered under decades of British imperialist rule that saw the most vicious application of racism and ignorance in the name of commerce and the gathering of profit. Parties like the BJP, are of course following the imaginations of a man-made theology attributed to a god, or set of gods, but which is in reality the creation of the minds of men. The BJP is a Hindu movement that draws its inherent racism from the perpetuation of the Brahmanic caste system – which was banned in theory at Independence, but which in reality is as strong today as it has ever been. Non-Hindus are seen as inferior species of life, and it is this attitude that the BJP brings to the governance of India. The capitalist system across the world is on the march at the moment and is openly courting the rightwing cause. The BJP victory should be seen as a warning to all right-minded people throughout the world. This political and cultural ignorance must be prevented from taking power and education is a key foundation for the stopping fascism in the world.

German Immigrant Accuses Russia of Nazism

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(This article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain, No 1777, dated 30.5.14 -Page 11)

The Constitutional Monarchy of the UK is forbidden by law to interfere in the everyday political process carried out by the British Parliament through its elected representatives (i.e. Members of Parliament that represent the various constituencies from around the UK). The feudal practice of absolute monarchy was abolished by the progressive governance of Oliver Cromwell after the English Revolution, but was reinstated (in various guises) by the counter-revolutionary forces of conservativism, until the religious bigotry between Protestant and Catholic Christianity eventually ensured that the UK ruling house was reduced to a Constitutional Monarchy – a monarchy in name only – staffed primarily by immigrants drawn from the German royal family. Today’s royal family in the UK are the descendents of those German immigrants who have, for hundreds of years, lived a life of privilege and luxury at the expense of the British taxpayer, whilst the ordinary workers are made to struggle, starve, get ill, lose their homes, lose their benefits, and lose their rights through the policies and actions instigated by a stream of bourgeois governments elected into parliament who swear an oath of allegiance to the royal family when assuming the reigns of power.

It is a striking and shocking irony to consider that the British royal family are technically unemployed and are automatically entitled to receive non-means tested benefit handouts to the some of hundreds of thousands of pounds per individual. It is well known that individual members of the royal family receive tens of thousands of pounds per month in Housing Benefit to pay the rent on extravagant homes designed to meet the relevant level of preferential treatment. These individuals do not fill out any application form for the Department of Work and Pension (DWP), nor are they subject to any fraud investigations instigated by the DWP and local councils. Everything is arranged for them behind their backs and behind closed doors. When the UK governments cut welfare, housing, education, and free health, the amount of money allocated for royal use actually rises in real terms. Although the rightwing governments of the UK continually inform the workers that their lives must be moderated by the economic forces of the free market, no such harsh reality comes knocking on the door of the many royal residences that exist up and down the UK. All the UK royal family has to do for this continued life of luxury is not to interfere in politics, that is, not to interfere in the democratic process, after-all, the royal family are not democratically elected. Should the Queen, for instance, exercise her royal command, the royal family risk being abolished for breaking the law. The inherent problem with this is that the bourgeois state exists in awe of the royal family, and over hundreds of years members of it have interfered in politics and got away with it. This interference is above and beyond the normal level of expressed racism, xenophobia, uninformed views, upper class rhetoric, and pro-hunting nonsense that usually forms a steady flow from the mouths of the royals.

The latest re-writing of history in the royal mould has emanated from the mouth of the next king of England – Prince Charles – who whilst visiting an immigration museum in Nova Scotia, is reported to have likened Russia’s anti-fascist policy in the Ukraine, to ‘Russia behaving like Nazi Germany’! This bizarre and outlandish comment, of course, was immediately broadcast throughout the rightwing BBC as if god himself had finally issued a heavenly decree defining a particular activity happening upon the earth. It is highly ironic that a descendent of German migrants living in the UK would criticise the Russian fight against USA (and UK) backed fascism in the Ukraine, just two weeks after Russia, Europe, and the USA marked the 69th anniversary of the crushing of fascism in the guise of German Nazism in Europe. An act of great importance and sacrifice that saw the deaths of around 30 million Soviet (i.e. Communist) men, women, and children! A sacrifice that saved Europe from the forces of Adolf Hitler (and those who admired and mimicked his rightwing lunacy). This rather stupid comment from Charles should surely mark the end of the monarchy in the UK and pave the way for the abolition of the royal family and the establishment of a British Republic.

Soviet War Memorial, London – 2014

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Soviet War Memorial – Imperial War Museum, London

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 This memorial commemorates

The 27 million Soviet citizens &

Service men & women who died

for the Allied Victory in WWII

WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM

(An edited version of this article appeared in the New Worker, the newspaper od the New Communist Party of Britain (NCPB), No. 1775, dated 16.5.14.)

Today, May the 9th, 2014, marks the 69th year since the forces of fascism represented by Nazi Germany and her allies, unconditionally surrendered to the Soviet Red Army in Berlin, bringing the war in Europe to an end. A delegation from the Buddhist – Marxism Alliance (UK) visited this event as an expression of solidarity and respect. Fascism had been defeated, but at an awful cost in human life and material destruction. The Soviet Memorial was unveiled in 1999 in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, (which is part of the grounds of the Imperial War Museum situated in South London), and is the creation of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund.  About a thousand people gathered to watch around 30 British and Soviet flag-bearing veterans march smartly into the park and line up behind the memorial.

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The veterans represented the following military units:

Soviet War Veterans – from Moscow and Arkhangeisk

UK Veterans’ Organisations – Russian Convoy Club, RAF Russian Association, International Brigade Memorial Trust, Burma Star Association, London Merchant Navy Association, Normandy Veterans Association, London & Greater London Merchant Navy Association, Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women, Royal Air Forces Association, National Service (RAF) Association.

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Speeches were made by four eminent guests:

Philip Matthews, Chair, Soviet Memorial Trust Fund

Cllr Abdul Mohamed, The Mayor of Southwark

Minister-Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Russian Federation.

The Rt Hon Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark

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Philips Matthews made an excellent speech quoting Stalin, stating how grateful the Soviet was for the European (and USA) support during the Great Patriotic War, and how he (Stalin) valued the efforts of the Western forces as they invaded France and began to fight their way across Europe, freeing it from Nazi control. Stalin said that the Soviet people drew strength from this show of support. The Mayor of Southwark, Abdul Mohamed, spoke about the importance of the defeat of fascism and communities living in peace, whilst the Russian Embassy representative – Minister-Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko – made a very poignant speech stating that as long as Russia exists, the Soviet sacrifice will never be forgotten. He spoke at length about the importance of the defeat of fascism in 1945, and how it is important to remain forever watchful in the present time. He reminded the crowd that fascism had re-emerged in the Ukraine, and that it was a threat to world peace. Indeed, the Ukrainian delegation refused to visit the memorial on the same day as the surviving veterans (who had fought for their freedom in WWII), but instead elected to lay their wreath a day earlier. The only speaker who was noticeably out of place was Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes representing the current and highly rightwing ConDem Coalition government of the UK. Simon Hughes is the Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, and yet ironically attracted controversy in 2013 with his pro-Christian, homophobic rhetoric, which he used when expressing his opposition to gay marriage, and the principle of equality between gay and straight people.

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For a couple of minutes he struggled to justify the presence of a Soviet War Memorial in modern Britain, particularly as the current British government he represents (together with the USA) openly supports the neo-Nazi groups who have taken-up arms in the Ukraine – eulogising these thugs as ‘freedom fighters’. Hughes openly contradicted the Russian diplomat by stating that the British government has ‘friends’ in the Ukraine, and that Russia should reconsider its position. Whilst the rightwing government he represents strips the disabled of their benefits and demeans the poor by making them work for nothing (modern slavery), and is busy dismantling the British Welfare State and the National Health Service (NHS), Hughes had to issue weak and unconvincing platitudes that he opposes fascism! The current upsurge in far-right political parties in the UK is a direct response to the intolerant and barbaric behaviour of the ConDem Coalition, whose own fascism is self-evident.

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A number of people were present who dedicate their spare time to keeping the traditions (and uniforms) of the Soviet military alive. These people mingled with the crowd and were very popular amongst visiting Russians, some of whom had fought in the Great Patriotic War, but who were not taking any official role in the ceremony. Russian television was present, but there was a distinct lack of British media coverage, despite the fact that many British veterans were given Russian military medals – after 69 years of waiting – for the part they played in the defeat of fascism. The wait has been due to the British government vetoing the awarding of these medals. Wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument by representatives of many governments of countries that once formed the USSR, and rather oddly, a wreath was laid by the Embassy of the United States of America. Colonel Sean English laid the UK Wreath as a representative of the Ministry of Defence.

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The Last Post was played followed by a two minute silence. Ceremonies like this are crucial as they remind the young of the important facts of the world that existed before they were born. The Soviet War Memorial within the grounds of the Imperial War Museum should remind the people of the UK of the great leftwing political tradition that is an important and integral part of their cultural heritage.

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NHS List Maintenance Programme – Cutting GP Lists!

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(This article appeared in the New Worker, the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain (NCPB), No. 1775, dated the 16.5.14 – Page 4).

People in Devon and Cornwall (as well as other areas of the UK), have been receiving letters from NHS England that include confidential information registered with their local GP practice. A person who lives in Torquay, for instance, recently received a letter from a NHS England office registered in St Austell, Cornwall, but which contained their name, address, telephone number and NHS number. This information had been given to the NHS England office by the local Torquay GP surgery without the prior knowledge or consent of the NHS patient concerned, violating the UK’s Data Protection Act. This policy is part of the current UK ConDem government’s ongoing plan to dismantle and privatise the National Health Service, paving the way for the re-introduction of fees when visiting the GP’s surgery, and for the paying at the point of use of all medical care in the UK.

Although these letters are being sent out under the guise of NHS England, they are actually from a private company named ‘NHS Shared Business Services’ that has been given the job by the UK government of cutting the number of people currently held on GP lists. As it stands, everyone in the UK has the right to register for their healthcare at a local GP surgery of their choice, dependent upon the geographical location of their home. Once registered, individuals are able to access NHS care free of charge at the point of use. This new NHS List Maintenance Programme is a co-operative policy carried out by NHS SBS, the local GP’s (who presumably back it), and the national government. Excluded from this exercise in NHS cutting are the millions of people affected by the reality of its implication and implementation.

Under the fallacious guise of ‘checking’ and ‘confirming’ information GP’s already know is correct, NHS SBS contacts individuals through letters that are so poorly presented so as to be considered a ‘scam’ in the harvesting of confidential information. Like everything this government does, it is semi-legal and amateurish. It works on the principle that those who fall victim to it, are not in a position to know their rights, or understand exactly what is happening. The UK government has given permission for GP’s to cut their lists through the guise of information checking. The GP’s either pass or sell this confidential information regarding individuals held locally on their lists, to the NHS SBS, who then contact these individuals and inform them that if they do not reply within a certain time limit, (usually four weeks), the NHS SBS will assume that they ‘have moved out of the area’ and are no longer eligible for NHS treatment. Once the NHS SBS takes this decision, the details of the individuals concerned are removed from their GP list and they lose their access to free primary care medical treatment. It is speculated that the UK government offers financial incentives to the NHS SBS to cut the GP lists – all done, of course, with the quiet consent of the local GP’s themselves, who are part of the British Medical Association (BMA), which was opposed to the forming of the NHS in 1948, and that remains mute to every life-threatening change the cuts in the NHS unleash on the general public. The obviously ‘business’ orientated website of NHS SBS can be accessed at the following link:

NHS SBS – http://www.sbs.nhs.uk/primary-care-services-lm/lm

Those who receive these letters are advised to confirm their details as soon as possible to avoid being taken-off of their local GP lists. Despite the highly unprofessional and semi-legal nature of the NHS SBS, it is paid to carry-out a typical cost-cutting exercise common to the current UK ConDem government’s policies. UK citizens should share knowledge and arm themselves in advance before becoming unsuspecting victims of these abusive rightwing policies that ride rough-shod over their individual rights. It is important to understand that the NHS SBS is assisting the current UK government with its ongoing plan to privatise the National Health Service bit by bit, and is mis-using confidential and private information stored on local GP files

Racist BJP Wins Indian General Election!

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Every right minded human being should condemn the result of the recent general election in India, and commiserate with the ordinary people of the Indian working class. The racist and Hindu nationalist BJP Party has won the election by a landslide victory. It has campaigned solely upon a capitalist ticket, claiming that through stringent rightwing control of the country, the economy can be made strong. This is the usual rightwing nonsense that is nothing more than the rhetoric of the minority bourgeois, which is designed to give a false hope to the masses, whilst their exploitation intensifies. The BJP rule will lead to extreme ethnic tensions between communities, and this tension will inevitably over-spill into open violence. Voting for the BJP is the equivalent in the UK of voting for a rightwing political party that is a combination of the Church of England and the British National Party – it is a political party of ignorance incarnate!

Of course, the rightwing BBC and other Western media outlets are eulogising this victory of a rightwing, bigoted party simply because it has fully embraced the language and intentions of pure capitalism. The BJP, as is the case with all racist parties, will use any expedient to gain power, and tell any number of lies to gain influence. The inequalities of capitalism can never be solved, because the foundations of capitalism are premised entirely upon the unending exploitation of the poor – an ongoing process that can only end with the transition into Socialism. The BJP is a vicious and racist religious fundamentalist political party that simply wants political power to pursue the spread of its feudalistic, ignorant beliefs. The BJP has no other agenda, despite its pretence to formulate economic plans and implementation strategies.

It is an astonishing situation to see the majority of Indian voters elect an openly racist and hate-filled party that espouses intolerance, separation, and discrimination as normal modes of political, cultural, and social interaction. Particularly when viewed in the light of the fact that India as a country suffered under decades of British imperialist rule that saw the most vicious application of racism and ignorance in the name of commerce and the gathering of profit. Parties like the BJP, are of course following the imaginations of a man-made theology attributed to a god, or set of gods, but which is in reality the creation of the minds of men. The BJP is a Hindu movement that draws its inherent racism from the perpetuation of the Brahmanic caste system – which was banned in theory at Independence, but which in reality is as strong today as it has ever been. Non-Hindus are seen as inferior species of life, and it is this attitude that the BJP brings to the governance of India. The capitalist system across the world is on the march at the moment and is openly courting the rightwing cause. The BJP victory should be seen as a warning to all right-minded people throughout the world. This political and cultural ignorance must be prevented from taking power and education is a key foundation for the stopping fascism in the world.

Cornish Nationalism Deprives Others of Rights

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Cornwall is a beautiful and mysterious place. Under the Roman occupation of the British Isles, Cornwall, like Scotland and parts of Wales remained only nominally under Roman control. The Romans, following the Greek habit, referred to all non-Romans by the Greek term ‘keltos’ (Latin: celtus), which roughly translates as ‘barbarian’. This term never referred to a specific ethnic or cultural group, but served the specific purpose of drawing a psychological and physical line between the Romano-Greek culture (which was considered superior), and cultural groupings that were not historically connected to either Greece or Rome. These cultures, when referred as ‘keltos’ are clearly depicted as ‘inferior’ social constructs, not worthy of consideration or equal treatment. The ‘keltic’ cultures, and the people who adhere to them, are viewed as being highly exploitable commodities that lack the inherent ‘humanness’ that define Greek and Roman existence. In modern parlance, the term ‘keltos’ represents a derogatory racial term, but it has been embraced by certain groups of modern British people who happen to be born in the furthest geographical areas of the British Isles. To these people, the original term ‘keltos’ has been turned on its head and is assumed to refer to a particular human cultural grouping, and to the language associated with this grouping. This is a clear example of inverted thinking. Terms of abuse are taken on by groups as if they are positive badges to be worn with honour.

In reality, the idea of celtic-ness is a myth that has no basis in the science of genetics. The tribes that this term originally referred to are long gone, together with their cultures and languages. Such was the contempt that the Greeks and Romans had for these people that they did not bother to record any details about them, other than how many were killed in battle, or enslaved within Greco-Roman society. The only history that exists at all about these disparate people is that written by the Greeks and Romans themselves – as it is assumed that these tribal people did not practice writing, etc. Cornish nationalism is partly geographical in nature – the area that comprises Cornwall is isolated on the southwest coastal area of the UK, with only the Atlantic Ocean surrounding its northern and southern boundaries. The further west the geographical location, the less population density exists, and there is a sense of being ‘cut off’ from the rest of the UK. English is the language of Cornwall, but there exists the remnants of an old Briton language that is often referred to as ‘Celtic’, or ‘Gaelic’. Similar languages were probably spoken by the tribal peoples of ancient Briton prior to the Roman invasion, and the later invasions of the Angles, Saxons, and Danes, etc. Modern British culture prevails, in one form or another, all over the British Isles, with various areas of presumed ‘distinctiveness’ here and there. This is modern (or post-modern) British culture coloured in part by echoes of past history. Cornish nationalism evolves around the remnants of an old Briton language spoken by a very small minority living in the area. A particular and very ‘modern’ phenomenon that is evident in Cornwall is the open support of racist political parties such as the British National Party (BNP), and United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Placards and large billboards can be seen, usually in prominent places near major roads, radicalizing and demonising foreigners, and ethnic minorities. The local people accept this display of ignorance mostly without comment. Whilst demanding that these modern British people be granted ‘minority status’, the very same people strive politically to deprive other – non-Cornish people – of exactly the same right. This situation is compounded by rural poverty. The majority of working class Cornish people are kept in cultural and material abject poverty by a minority of conservative farmers, landowners and landlords. This minority ensures, through their corrosive conservatism, that this general level of ignorance is maintained from one generation to the next in a continuous charade that is deliberately misinterpreted as ‘celtic’ culture. The middle class nature of Cornwall’s conservative elite represents the pro-hunting lobby that actively keeps the majority of its citizens ‘asleep’, or at least semi-conscious, whilst fed on a diet of racist separatism.

This has led to local campaigning within Cornwall to have the myth of Cornish ‘celtic’ culture officially recognised – which amounts to a step back into feudal times. Such has the pressure been for the actualisation of this myth that the Tory government will announce today (24.4.14) that under EU legislation, the people of Cornwall will be granted ‘National Minority’ status. The plethora of contradictions is immense. Many in Cornwall are intolerant to others, whilst peddling the myth that the Cornish are racially ‘special’, whilst at the same time supporting UKIP which would withdraw from the very European Union that has granted the Cornish minority status! Within Cornish nationalist literature there is no mention of the status of ethnic minority people living in Cornwall, or the status of EU migrants legally travelling to the area for work.

Chris Pattern, the BBC and its Dangerous Lurch to the Right

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(This aticle first appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain [NCPB] in issue no. 1772 – Pages 6 – 7, dated the 25th of April, 2014)

Rightwing Tory, Chris Patten, the former Member of Parliament for Bath, was voted out of that office to tumultuous applause from the electorate, (both local and national), and was immediately rewarded for his failure by incumbent Conservative Prime Minister John Major, with the post of ‘Governor’ of Hong Kong. This diplomatic promotion got rid of an incredibly unpopular and odious Tory activist from the UK mainland, to the far-flung outer reaches of the rapidly collapsing British Empire. Although Hong Kong was no longer a colony but a ‘Protectorate’ by this time, the message of banishment was very clear. Indeed, so unpopular had Patten become that if he had retained his Parliamentary seat, it is probable that the usual sideways political promotion to ‘Minister for Northern Ireland’, (suitable for malcontents such as the committed racist Enoch Powell), would have been applied. His electoral defeat in 1992 saved the Tory Party from the direct and obvious repercussions of his unpopularity.

It is remarkable to note in passing that following New Labour’s landslide electoral victory in 1997, the toryite leader of the Labour Party – Tony Blair – actually chose to leave Chris Patten in place, presumably as his naturally rightwing political leanings, or so Blair thought, represented the New Labour ethos exactly. Of course, not to remain insular and Eurocentric about this serious matter, the British rightwing made use of Chris Patten to eulogise a dying idea of the despicable institution of ‘empire’, and inflicted Patten’s ignorance upon the Chinese people of Hong Kong, who had to continue to kowtow to the continuous injustices inflicted physically and psychologically upon them by the presence of foreign invaders, and their proselytising Judeo-Christian church. The measure of Chris Patten’s Eurocentric ignorance, racism, prejudice, and discriminative attitude, can be found with just a superficial reading of his memoirs of his time lording it over the Chinese people. He is unrepentant and fully committed to a ‘Little England’ mentality that simultaneously reduces the rest of the world to an uncivilised and as of yet unChristianised mess that is just waiting for people like him to save it from its own innate, inferior barbarism. It is true that by the time of his tenure, Hong Kong had been preparing for reversion back to Chinese rule for some time, and the British military and police forces were keeping a low profile so as not to antagonise the local Chinese population, or trigger the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from prematurely coming over the border and freeing the area by force. This followed Margaret Thatcher in the 1980’s taking the automatic right to British Citizenship for Chinese British Subjects residing in ‘British’ Hong Kong, or already living and working in the UK. This racially motivated attack upon the British born Chinese community living in the UK (and their extended families living in Hong Kong), went unnoticed and generally unreported in the UK by the mainstream media, other than being applauded by the rightwing press for ‘limiting’ the further arrival of unwanted immigrants. This follows a trend of anti-Chinese legislation in the UK throughout the 20th century that saw the mass round-up and deportation of Chinese men from Liverpool in 1919, and London in 1946. Generally speaking, these were men who had volunteered to fight for the UK in its two wars against Germany. Their reward was deportation back to a chaotic China. This is the background, at least in part, to the political ideology that Chris Patten represents.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), was founded in 1922, and draws its sustaining finance from the paying of an obligatory licence fee by every adult who owns a television, or other device that can receive the BBC broadcasts. It is a criminal offense not to pay the yearly licence or subscription fee. Originally, as TV sets cost too much for the working class to afford, the BBC represented something of an exclusive middle and upper class gentleman’s club that fully reflected the exclusive bourgeois attitudes of its paying audience. At this time the illusion that the working class did not exist was maintained as the programming more or less continued the Greco-Roman myth of a life spent in cultivated leisure studying art, literature, and science, etc, whilst women were continuously told that their only worth lay in how they ran a house, so as to please their husband. When the working class could start to afford television sets, probably around the 1950’s, and usually through renting or hire-purchasing schemes, the licence fee was extended to include this new audience, although only in as much as the middle class values the BBC represented were now peddled to keep the working class viewers firmly in their place, and encouraged them to mimic (rather than fight) their social betters. Moving into the 1960’s and 1970’s, the BBC liberalised to a certain degree, but has never given-up its bourgeois foundation. This reflects the positive changes initiated throughout British society by the instigation of the 1948 Welfare State, and National Health Service. With the rise of Margaret Thatcher in 1979, the BBC began a decline in liberal impartiality that it has never recovered from, although as late as the early 2000’s, a British rightwing leader still chose to describe the BBC as ‘ultra-leftist’. Although it is true that the BBC’s children’s programming remains progressive, internationalist, and multicultural, its news outlet certainly is not.

The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democratic Party – both bourgeois, rightwing political entities, came to power with a minority government in May, 2010. Together, they have wreaked havoc and chaos on the British people with the dismantling of the Welfare State and the NHS, and their despicable attack on the disabled and the most vulnerable in UK society. The rightwing hatred and reign of terror that this ConDem coalition has unleashed has not been matched within the system of modern, civilised governance. It is no coincidence that Chris Patten was appointed Chairman of the BBC Trust in April 2011. As the ConDem government intended to make ideologically motivated cuts in welfare and health and as these cuts would cause unprecedented misery and suffering amongst the masses, the BBC had to be brought under control and its general approach for reporting news had to fall into line with government rhetoric. This ConDem rhetoric is obviously rightwing, being free-market led, and inherently pro-American. The poor and the vulnerable have had their healthcare and benefits stopped, so that the rich can have a pointless tax-cut to add to their millions. Where the BBC was once renowned for the accuracy of its reporting, it was recently found guilty of ‘lying’ about benefit statistics in one of its programmes supporting the vicious benefits cuts. In this respect the BBC joins both Channel 4 and Channel 5 in its institutional attack on the benefit system, and the weak and vulnerable who are made to live on it by an uncaring, greed infested bourgeois society. The irony here, as if another was needed, is that those who struggle on benefits must still pay a licence fee to receive a BBC media outlet that continuously reminds them that they are ‘scroungers, ‘scum’, and a ‘burden’ to British taxpayers.

Chris Patten’s malignant presence at the BBC is the invisible hand that controls its news output. He has whole-heartedly supported this rightwing ConDem administration with its attack on the British working classes. BBC TV and radio now acts as ‘one’, as if Chris Patten is the broadcasting pope, and the BBC his obeying church. Even the once respected BBC World Service sounds suspiciously like Fox News, and the BBC has now lurched so far to the right, that the historic reporting of its Welsh correspondent Jeremy Bowen, who exposed the deliberate mass killing of 408 Iraqi civilians – men, women, and children – who had taken cover from US Airforce bombing raids in the Amiriyah shelter, is a distant, and fading memory. The US military dropped two 2000 lbs, laser-guided bombs on to the civilian shelter, killing all inside, and were immediately supported (and applauded) by the rightwing press across the Western world. The US military casually dismissed the dead as ‘collateral’ damage, and stated that the bunker was used by the Iraqi military as a command and control centre. Jeremy Bowen immediately visited the Amiriyah area of Baghdad, and surveyed the massacre first-hand. His report was broadcast live on the BBC stating clearly that there was no military equipment present and all that he had seen were piles of dead bodies of men, women, and children. The British Sun Newspaper immediately called for Jeremy Bowen to be tried as a traitor; such is the ignorance of the rightwing. Unfortunately, it is exactly through this narrow-minded and shallow reasoning that the BBC is now run by Chris Patten. It is ironic to think that the vast majority of the British victims of its anti-working class rhetoric are paying for its output.

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