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Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

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I Have Joined The Labour Party. #AndImATory

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For some months now I have called myself a ‘Corbynista’.  I am proud to back a man who demonstrates more integrity, courage, decency amd honour than almost every other Member of Parliament put together.  Today, in the face of the ever-escalating smear campaign, the completely ludicrous and false allegations of antisemitism, the vile abuse of the BBC and the despicable right wing press, I have signed up to become a member of the Labour Party.

I remain a Tory because I believe in fundamental principles of individual liberty, individual responsibility, small goverment and free markets.  I am not and never will be a socialist.  I do not believe it is is right that the state should own the means of production and supply because this inevitably leads to complacency and inefficiency.  Competition is a healthy motivation and inline with human nature.  Socialism, in my view, is a delusion. It has never worked, anywhere in the world and it never will.  However, I do consider that there are certain industries that are best owned by the state, those that are natural monopolies such as energy, water, the railways, the road system, the basic health service and basic communications and internet infrastructure. So I would support re-nationalisation of these industries.

I am unlikely to remain a member of the Labour Party forever.  My reason for joining in the short term is to support Corbyn as the only decent leader in our country and because the overriding priority now is to bring down this corrupt, self-serving Conservative government.  The Conservative Party is unfit for government. It has trashed the huge opportunity that Brexit offered by appalling, irresponsible infighting.  It would be best if it simply disintegrated. It has brought shame on our nation and many, perhaps most, of its MPs simply disgust me with their venal and selfish behaviour.  Mind you, I feel the same way about the treacherous, Blairite Labour MPs who have repeatedly stabbed Corbyn in the back.  Chuka Ummuna, Chris Bryant, Margaret Hodge, Luciana Berger, Yvette Cooper, Harriet Harman and others – I put them in the same category as most Tory MPs – worthless.

It’s true, in the past five years I have belonged to the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and now Labour parties.  I very much hope for the establishment of a new, centre-right, liberal and progressive party and I would join it in a flash.  Some may find this difficult to understand but I am not a tribalist.  I think tribalism is probably the most destructive force in politics. What drives me is principles first and policies second.  Once we have got rid of the Conservatives, I shall become concerned with policies again and those will be in line with my fundamental Tory principles.  I remain a true Tory, not the corrupt, self-serving, authoritarian example set by the diabolical Mrs May.

For now I am a member of the Labour Party and I will do all I can to see Jeremy Corbyn become our next prime minister.

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August 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Do Not Apologise, Boris. Resist The Smears, Jeremy.

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So-called journalists, particularly the BBC, acting as trolls.  Self-serving MPs, commentators deliberately and falsely smearing to their own advantage. The allegations of antisemitism against Corbyn and of Islamaphobia against Boris are fake.

The antisemtism smear is entirely about support of the war criminal, gangster government of Israel. Its propaganda machine is working overtime and probably its renowned Mossad secret service, twisting and deceiving, stirring and agitating. It has already won the British Jewish establishment and the treasonous Blairite MPs to its cause.

Boris is quite correct about the burka.  It is alien to British culture and absurd but let’s not ban it if people want to wear it. To characterise it as racist is absurd and a devious form of victimhood. The corrupt, liar Brandon Lewis and the terminally weak Theresa May claw desperately at him as their government descends ever further into chaos.

I don’t like Boris although we would agree on a lot of policies. I do like Jeremy but we would only agree on a few.  They’re both in the same boat at the moment but at least they take a stand.  They have some backbone, unlike the rest of them.

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August 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

The Devious Defenders Of Israel’s Government And Their Fake Allegations of Antisemitism.

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Never before have I given any credence to the idea that there is a massive Jewish conspiracy but the ludicrous spectacle of the campaign against Corbyn is making me re-evaluate my position.

Similarly, never before have I experienced feelings and opinions against Jews as a group.  Yet the organised dishonesty, deceit and calculated smears against Corbyn make me extremely angry about the way this tiny minority, about 270,000 people in the UK, is bullying, dominating and subverting our national agenda.

Any prejudice, for any reason, is wrong but neither of these opinions come from a place of prejudice or pre-judging, they come from careful consideration of the evidence and my experience.  Clearly, not all Jews support the unjustified attacks on Corbyn and the wildly exaggerrated claims of antisemitism but it seems to be a majority.  That majority, in my opinion, is having a malign influence in our country.

The editors of the three Jewish newspapers which jointly attacked Corbyn shamelessly conflate Jews, Judaism and Israel.  The other great myth, endlessly repeated and endorsed by a supine media establishment, is that antisemitism is racism.  It is not.  Religious faith is a choice and discrimination against followers of a faith, while wrong, is not even in the same ballpark as true racism.  This subversive attack on democracy and free speech has to stop.

It is sucking in so many other strands of our society which fear to question or challenge the Jewish position for fear of being accused of antisemitism.  Of course. many are choosing to align themselves with it for political advantage.  The despicable rump of Blairite Labour MPs are cock-a-hoop at the abuse of Corbyn and exploit it ruthlessly for their own ends.  Also complicit, although at least they are not guilty of treachery, are the Conservative politicians and supporters who simply cannot believe their luck that the spotlight on prejudice has swung away from the right.

The sickeningly pious virtue-signalling of journalists and the Twitterati feed on this frenzy. It is disgusting to see how so many are jumping on this bandwagon and are unable, nor even attempt to justify it.

Of course there is antisemtism as there are all forms of prejudice in our society, all of which are wrong but I do not believe it is a problem of any great significance in Britain or in the Labour Party any more than in any other political party or similar group.  Those who deny the Holocaust are simply idiots, so foolish and misguided that they pose no real threat. What is undoubtedly true is that there is a systematic, organised and increasingly successful effort to characterise opposition to the policies of the Israeli government as antisemitism.

This is not the occasion to go into the many war crimes of the Israeli state. I have written about them extensively before. With the passing of the nation-state law, just a fortnight ago, Israel has enshrined racism and apartheid in its national identity.  This is full justification for the complaints of the Palestinian people over many decades. It shows that in Netanyahu and the majority of the Knesset, the allegations have been correct.  These are evil and malevolent people driving a regime of brutality, discrimination, intolerance and hate which by any ethical standard is criminal.  It is correct that this should be compared to the Nazi regime because never have there been two regimes conducting themselves in similar fashion while pretending to be part of a modern civilised society.  The Labour Party’s refusal to adopt those examples in the IHRA definition of antisemitism which are merely Israeli propaganda is correct.

All those MPs, journalists and commentators joining in this madness of fake antisemitism and denial of valid comparison with the Nazis are complict in the crimes of the Israeli state.  They may have leapt on the bandwagon for purportedly honourable reasons but they must take responsibility for their part in the baying, hysterical mob.

I remain a Tory on fundamental principles but what is most important in a politician and a leader is integrity. Corbyn has that in spades, unlike few other UK politicians.  His courageous stand against the pressure on him from the pro-Israel lobby and those exploiting it makes him a giant amongst MPs.  For that reason, not for his policies but also to bring down this corrupt Conservatives government, I support him and I shall vote for him at the next election.

I have been concerned, even a little scared, to publish my opinion in these terms but that is the iniquitous, insidious nature of Israeli propaganda and fake claims of antisemitism.  I have been subject to vile abuse in the past for my opinions and there are lowlife abusers who continue to stalk me and try to twist my words and deeds to inflame the mob but these issues are too important.  I will not be silenced by political correctness, populist bandwagons or personal abuse.

I really don’t care what religious delusion anyone chooses to pursue.  Jews are no more nor less deluded than Christians, Muslims or Hindus. Extremists in all these religions are weird and often involved in inexcusable violence and abuse. When, from any religion, its activists undermine and endanger the most precious tenets of our secular democracy (which has enough problems already) they must be stopped.  The subversive by nature pro-Israel lobby, the increasingly strident Jewish support for fake claims of antisemitism and the hijacking of this issue by self-serving politicians and the media has to stop.

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August 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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Definition of Antisemitism

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I fully support the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

However, I do not support and I strongly oppose the examples given by the IHRA which are nothing to do with Jews or Judaism but are about support of the war criminal state of Israel. Specifically:

“Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

This is nothing to do with antisemitism, Jews or Judaism. It is, sadly, an entirely appropriate, justified and accurate comparison of the conduct of the Israeli state with the conduct of the Nazis.  It is particularly ironic and cruel that the state established as the homeland for Jewish people, who suffered such dreadful persecution, should conduct itself in such similar fashion.

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July 18, 2018 at 11:43 am

The Assassination of Jeremy Corbyn’s Character

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While I could never vote for socialism, Jeremy Corbyn provides more leadership, courage and integrity than any other politician in Britain today.  Even considering the entire world and recent history, only Obama and Justin Trudeau could hold a candle to the bright light that burns from Corbyn’s soul.

On this day when we remember the assassination of Martin Luther King, one of the greatest leaders ever, whose dream has still not been fulfilled, I say, look at the small-minded, bickering, pathetic excuses we have for leaders today. Certainly in Britain, only Corbyn has the honesty, bravery and determination that are the prerequistites for greatness.

The conduct of the British press, most Conservative politicians, the many vile, treasonable Labour MPs and particularly the BBC towards him is despicable. The antisemitism smear campaign is so far away from truth as to be worthy of comparison with McCarthysim, the worst excesses of the Soviet era, the KGB, Stasi, Spanish Inquisition, the dissolution of the monasteries, the witch hunts, any of mankind’s most shameful epsiodes. If anything was ever going to turn me against the mainstream Jewish community and into a supporter of Corbyn, it is this. The behaviour of those I have named as responsible is a national disgrace.

Our leaders are inept.  Authoritarian bigots such as Theresa May, incapable of any effective action.  Today she is more concerned with ‘the burning injustice of the gender pay gap’ than with the horrendous murder rate on London’s streets. Politicians prefer to put time and money into politically-correct, virtue-signalling policies that raise obscure minorities way above the majority and the real issues that determine our society.  Transgender ‘rights’ for children get more attention in Parliament and from the media than the essential need to provide worthwhile employment, education and guidance in our inner city ghettos.  We have politicised love, relationships and the mating game to the level where men are unable to pass a compliment for fear of accusations of harassment and abuse.  Homosexual love and desire is given more respect and value than the 95% of population that is interested in the opposite sex.  We decry the ‘porn culture’ yet little girls are encouraged to idolise ‘Little Mix’, girls dressed as street whores as some totem of female empowerment.

The state of our justice system is pathetic but when the tyrant and incompetent such as Chris Grayling, who could only ever be Theresa May’s apprentice, is put in charge, what can we expect?  For a few moments, Michael Gove, perhaps the only ray of hope in the entire cabinet, takes over and immediately wise, innovative reforms are in the offing but just as swiftly, May replaces him with the third rate, timid Liz Truss who achives absolutely nothing.  It is impossible to get justice in Britain today in either criminal or civil systems unles you are rich or you are in the ‘minority of the moment’, viz the ridiculous, politically-correct decision that police officer are compelled to believe every word of even the most incredible allegations of historical sexual abuse.  A decision that has led to persecution, harassment, ruined lives and suicide amongst completely innocent people and then another behemoth of a public inquiry that will achieve nothing except to make a lot of lawyers rich and give our sickening newspapers more material on which to to pontificate endlessly. Which brings me back to Jeremy Corbyn.

Please God that soon, and it cannot be soon enough, we are rid of the harridan monster in Downing Street.  Yet who can replace her?  The entire Conservative cabinet is disgraced.  Though Boris Johnson has some qualities that I value, his rush to judgement about Russian responsibility for the Salisbury nerve agent attack makes him (and his colleagues) unfit to govern – another instance where Corbyn was right all along despite enduring rampant, hysterical criticism from all sides.  I first saw through Johnson when he was Mayor of London and a few more year’s experience have done nothing to iron out the fundamental flaws in his character.  Sadly, the once great libertarian David Davis has been effectively stubbed out by assimilation into the malevolent collective known as the European Union.  He may have gone there to rescue us but he has been absorbed, no doubt exactly as Mrs May intended. The only other possible candidate, Michael Gove, has disqualified himself by his duplicitous and cowardly conduct after the referendum. I blame him for the fact that Mrs May is our prime minister and there are few greater crimes than that.

I am in despair, as I believe are so many of my fellow Britons.  I see no bright future for our country.  Since I was 18, for the past 42 years, whenever I have chosen to vote, I have voted Conservative.  In recent years I was a fully paid up member of the Conservative Party and an approved local government candidate.  What I know for sure is that next time I vote it will be for which ever candidate best guarantees that the Conservatives will be out of government.  If that means voting for Jeremy Corbyn, so be it.