YOU CAN NEVER KILL IDEAS

You can’t discuss anything that the party doesn’t want you to discuss.
You can’t discuss any decisions that say you can’t discuss what the party doesn’t want you to discuss.
How does it feel to have a non speaking part in an undergraduate student Amdram society production of 1984?
Labour party members are treated like children by the general secretary of the party.
This car crash is happening in slowmo.
It’s unreal, as if the extreme centre have forgotten the groundswell of support for Socialism when Jeremy Corbyn was first elected as party leader. The hundreds of packed public meetings, so full they had to have overflow meetings.
Where does Mandelson and his crew think all those comrades have gone?
They’re all still out there, wanting a party prepared to involve the whole membership in defeating the Tories.
These neo liberals in the PLP who failed to work for a Labour victory in not just one election, but, unforgivably, two general elections.
Twice these traitors allowed Tories back into power, snatching defeat from victory in an effort to defeat socialism.
What they fail to realise, as they cling desperately to the shrinking wreck of a Party Labour has now become, is this plain fact.
You can gag your own members, you can make false accusations, you can suspend people on spurious grounds, you can expel local volunteer executive officers, you can remove the whip from MPs but there is one thing you can’t do no matter how hard you try.
You can never kill ideas. Socialism is not one person, or a party membership, to be slaughtered on the alter of mammon.
Socialism is a belief system whose time is coming. Forward to Peace, Justice and Democracy in a Socialist Republic.

Harry Rogers, in the Yellow Room, 16th December, 2020

CHUFFIN PUFFINS

Come sailing with me
In the Irish Sea
Sail out to Skomer
Where chuffin Puffins
Fly beside your boat
Where seals and dolphins
Duck, and dive and sing.
Anchor outside Dale
On red sunset sea,
Neath starry bright sky,
Real ale and good kif,
Ramble through late night,
Then sail off at dawn,
Cut through the rollers,
At ease in the breeze,
Back to the haven,
The perfect weekend,
Away from chaos.
Some time soon I hope.

Harry Rogers in the Red Bedroom, September 23rd 2020.

Pull the Plug on Killer Robots

This video from Human Rights Watch is interesting but behind the curve a bit in that there already autonomous weapons deployed in Afghanistan and elsewhere (more on this in a future blog) however they are right about the issue being something that should exercise everybody who is concerned about the abuse of surveillance and weaponry in an increasingly weaponised and autonomous world.

The Chilly Dogz – “White Poppies”

WHITE POPPIES

I WAS WALKING DOWN WHITEHALL

A THOUGHT CAME INTO MY BRAIN

SUPPOSING THE POPPIES WERE WHITE

NOT THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

COULD PEOPLE EVER CHANGE THEIR MIND

ABOUT THE REASONS THEY FILL THEIR

BUTTONHOLES WITH WIRE AND PAPER

DYED THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

THE LEGION COLLECTORS TINS

SHAKE IN EVERY CITY, EVERY TOWN

BLACK CENTRES TO THE FLOWERS

STILL THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

I WANT POPPIES FOR DEAD SOLDIERS

POPPIES FOR THEIR MUMS AND DADS

THEIR PARTNERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

NOT THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

POPPIES FOR THOSE DEAD CIVILIANS

YOUNG MEN THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN

GRAND PARENTS BLEEDING IN THE STREETS

IT’S THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

I JUST CANNOT GET THAT THOUGHT

TO DISAPPEAR FROM INSIDE MY HEAD

IF ONLY THE POPPIES WERE WHITE

NOT THE USUAL SHADE OF BLOODY RED

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

WHITE POPPIES………. 

WHITE POPPIES……….

COPYRIGHT: HARRY ROGERS – 10-08-2012