Peter Reynolds

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The Trolls Attacking Boris On Social Media Are In For The Shock Of Their Lives

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It’s very, very sad how our great nation has become demeaned by the arrogant, self-righteous, opinionated, know-it-all warriors of social media.
 
When I worked in the ad industry, we had a saying ‘It’s much easier to criticise than to create’ and that’s what I see on Facebook and Twitter. Despite my challenge, not one person has suggested anyone who they think would do better than Boris Johnson.
 
Things are going to get very much tougher than they are now. I think there will be shock, horror, grief, anger and fear to cope with. It’s going to take a leader of heroic strength to get us through and I say thank God we already have that man in Downing Street.

Boris is doing a brilliant job. For 15 years this country has been crying out for leadership. He rescued Brexit from the Remainers who wanted to subvert our democracy and he’ll lead us to victory over Covid19

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March 20, 2020 at 4:17 pm

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Life Is A Rollercoaster

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When you’ve been through as much shit as I have in my life, this is just another downward swoop on the rollercoaster. And let’s be honest, if there wasn’t a slight chance that you wouldn’t make it, it wouldn’t be half as much fun!

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March 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm

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How To Win The Coronavirus War

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Closing things down will not protect us. Only by developing herd immunity will we win the Coronavirus War. So we should be careful to try and slow the rate of infection and vulnerable people need to be in strict hygiene conditions.

In areas where everything is shut down, when people start mixing again the infection will just come back.

We have to accept it in a controlled fashion, then we will develop antibodies and scientists will develop vaccines against it.

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March 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

VIDEO. Peter Reynolds discusses legalisation “I’ve been saying 5 years, for quite a long time”

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February 29, 2020 at 4:28 pm

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I’m Voting In The Irish General Election

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I am privileged to be a registered voter in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  As a Welshman I am very happy to live alongside my Celtic brothers in County Kerry and I still have a base in Dorset on the south coast of England.  I am proud to be British and although some might think in Ireland it’s a dirty word, I have never met any hostility here and it’s a fact of geography that the UK and Ireland together comprise the British Isles.

In the recent UK General Election, I voted Conservative because above all else I wanted to ‘Get Brexit Done’.  On Saturday I will be voting in Ireland and I’m deciding who to vote for.

I am a passionate Brexiteer because I consider self-determination to outweigh almost all other political considerations.  In June 2008, Ireland voted against the EU over the Lisbon Treaty but it was forced by the Eurocrats to hold a second referendum and just over a year later the Irish people were bullied into submission.  I wish that Ireland could have left the EU alongside the UK and there is a significant level of opinion here in favour of ‘Irexit’.  It would certainly have solved the problem that Brexit has caused for the border with the North.

The other solution to the border is a united Ireland and that is something I strongly support.  It’s only in the past 10 years that I have come to understand Irish history and Britain is shamed by its record of brutal oppression. I realise now that this important history is excluded from the school syllabus in the UK. Our behaviour in Ireland is one of the most dreadful episodes of history and the British were guilty of war crimes similar to Israel’s current conduct in Palestine, the Nazis in World War II and other tyrannical regimes.  If I had lived in Ireland in the 20th Century I would certainly have joined the IRA. It was a righteous and noble cause.

I know for certain that I will not vote for Fine Gael, the present party of government.  While I admire the way that it has helped Ireland become a progressive society, escaping from the evil of the Catholic Church, it describes itself as ‘the party of Europe’ and Leo Varadkar, its leader and the present Taoiseach is a gay, Asian version of Tony Blair.  I hasten to add that I have nothing against him for being gay or Asian!

I am more naturally drawn to Fianna Fail, the main opposition party that is more Ireland-centric and republican in its philosophy.  But it is very old-fashioned, embedded in the past, illiberal culture and offers little promise for the future. It strikes me that like the two main parties in the UK, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are content with the status quo where power switches back and forth between them periodically.  There’s no doubt that Ireland is ready for a change.

Ireland has a history of electing significant numbers of independent politicians and here in Kerry we are blessed with our very own independent dynasty, the Healy-Raes, an extraordinary family which can, most certainly, be described as eccentric.  We have a proportional, single-transferable vote system where voters specify candidates in order of preference by writing 1, 2, 3, etc. alongside their names. Michael Healy-Rae will definitely be near the top of my choices.

But voting for independents will not help create a new government that can move beyond the tired politics of the past.  Extraordinarily, I find myself tempted by two socialist parties: Sinn Fein and People Before Profit. Sinn Fein for its noble ideals and ambition for a united Ireland.  (The name translates as ‘We Ourselves’).  People Before Profit because I have met several of its TDs and it is strongly committed to cannabis law reform.

Also, as all democrats should be, I am disgusted by the way Fine Gael and Fianna Fail treat Sinn Fein, currently ahead of both them in the polls. They both refuse to engage at all and say they would never work with it in government.  The reason given is because of Sinn Fein’s past paramilitary connections and, as they say, that is has never properly distanced itself from violence.

I say this is preposterous, dishonest nonsense.  Firstly, it was a just war.  Of course, I deplore violence against innocent civilians but given the perspective I have recently acquired, I am ambivalent about action against security forces.  An army of occupation must expect to meet resistance.  If Fine Gael and Fianna Fail refuse to engage with a party with such massive popular support, they must reap the consequences.  How is any movement supposed to progress beyond violence to peaceful politics if it is spurned and isolated?

For me, one of the most extraordinary experiences since moving to Ireland was meeting Martin Ferris, a Sinn Fein, Kerry TD who is retiring at this election.  He was a hunger striker and starved himself for longer than some who died as a result of their protest.  In the late 70s, I was in my early 20s and I remember that my perspective on the hunger strikers was that they were fools because the British government would never give in. But now I see it very differently.  I see the huge courage and nobility in their protest.

So I shall be voting for Sinn Fein.  I’m not yet sure what number I shall put against their candidate, Pa Daly’s name but it could well be number one.  Were People Before Profit fielding a candidate in Kerry, they too woud get a vote. The elegance of the Irish voting system is that I can offer support to these socialist parties without fear.  The first past the post system in Britain really does hold us back and I hope there will be electoral reform in my lifetime.

My father would turn in his grave if he read these words.  I am surprised at myself but my mind is made up.  Of course I am only one voter amongst more than three million but I am excited about this, my first Irish election, as I believe it heralds real change.

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February 7, 2020 at 8:56 pm

Happy Brexit Day!

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I care less about Brexit than I do about democracy and power being in the hands of the people.
It is wonderful to see the people overpowering the media, big business, the bankers, the bureaucrats and even those who should never have gone near the political gutter, our Supreme Court justices.
Democracy is the people’s power and today is the day we took back control, the day we put the Great back in Britain.

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January 31, 2020 at 5:18 pm

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Brexit Is Britain’s Greatest Victory Since WWII. Let Us Go Forward Together To The Broad, Sunlit Uplands of 2020.

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With apologies to Churchill and great respect to his deserved successor who can confidently plan for 10 years in Downing Street if he so wishes.

Brexit was about love of our country and self-determination.  It was not, as the hate-filled Remain campaign alleged, about racism, xenophobia, immigration, looking inward or disliking European cultures and people.

As for lies, the biggest lie of all was Project Fear. It eclipses completely the clumsy exaggerations and overclaiming of the Leave campaign.  Project Fear was a systematic, well-funded campaign by big business and bankers, driven and managed on their behalf by the EU.

I’m a Europhile but an EUphobe. The EU is not Europe. It is a bureaucratic monolith established by those big businesses and bankers who have put their oligarchs in charge. It has run an extraordinarily successful disinformation campaign, persuading those who consider themselves ‘progressive’ that it is a benevolent institution. It’s exactly the opposite and I’m astonished so many intelligent people have been had by this disinformation, completey suckered by EU propaganda.

Let’s just be grateful that wiser judgement has prevailed and at the end of this month we will be out.  I know a lot of people are very sore.  I am an admirer of Jeremy Corbyn for his great personal integrity which was severely tested by sinister forces, particularly over the fake antisemitism smears but he is no leader and that was clearly shown in the election campaign.  As a Leaver himself he tried to muddle through with a useless compromise position on Brexit which was his undoing.  I wish him well for the future and there is a role for him as a statesmen-like campaigning politician once he is free from the shackles of his smaller-minded colleagues who forced him into that doomed strategy.

By contrast, Boris Johnson is not a man of great moral integrity. But while I wouldn’t lend him a fiver, he is a great leader and to return to the wartime analogy, I would go over the top with him.  He is inspiring and he gets things done.

I am only just beginning to understand the scale of the Tory victory and the depth of defeat of Labour and socialism.

The people’s verdict could not be more clear.  The facile ideas of socialism, promoted, virtue signalled and claimed as popular on social media are fanciful.  This isn’t the first time that the British people have expressed a decisive opinion on left wing philosophy but the metropolitan, champagne socialists that dominate Twitter and Facebook never seem to get the message.  Let us hope they can now come to terms with reality.

If this new government can espouse true Tory values of liberty, individual responsibility, small government and free (but properly regulated) markets, then we have cause for great optimism.  What we must guard against is the malevolent big business and monopoly power influence that does exist within the Conservative Party.  Margaret Thatcher’s small business background is where the true soul of the Tory party is to be found, not in the elitist world of David Cameron and Theresa May.

Please be a true Tory government. Set Britain free and give us the independence and enterprise to be the great nation we truly are.

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January 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm