Streets of London

The fact that there are any homeless people freezing in the frost is an indictment of this government. Their policies have been responsible for a real increase in the numbers of these poor people.

~ GallyBloggers ~

Gallybloggers are delighted to present “Streets of London” – a song written by Ralph McTell. It was first recorded for his 1969 album Spiral Staircase but was not released in the United Kingdom as a single until 1974. Streets of London has been re-released on 4th December 2017 featuring Ralph Mctell and Annie Lennox as a Charity single for CRISIS the Homelessness Charity (1)

Available now from iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play for just 99p. If everyone in the UK who are working bought this song it would raise about £5 Million pounds that could be donated to supporting the Homeless. The homeless scarecrows writing for this Blog have bought their copy and even they didn’t miss just £1…the price of a cup of tea.

Whilst Gallybloggers stand firmly behind initiatives such as this excellent campaign, we cannot ignore the fact that Homelessness should not exist at all in the UK in 2017. It has become…

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The Truth About President Trump Versus President Obama

A great catalogue of what we all know – the man is a liar.

Gronda Morin

From New Yorker

We all know that the republican President Donald Trump is truth challenged. His defenders have a reflexive response, the other guy did it too, or in this case, past presidents lied also.

The NY Times set out to compare the number of outright lies between President Trump and the former Democratic President Barack Obama. Here’s the rest of the story…

On December 14, 2017, David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson of the New York Times penned this opinion piece, “Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s”


“After we published a list of President Trump’s lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.”

“We’ve set out to make that list. Here, you will find our attempt at a comprehensive catalog of…

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‘Staggering’ ESA suicide figures prompt calls for inquiry and prosecution of ministers

This is a real indictment of the callous way the government has treated those in most need.

Govt Newspeak

“Staggering” new figures show that the proportion of people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014.

The new analysis of NHS statistics, being published for the first time by Disability News Service (DNS), shows that in 2007 – a year before the introduction of the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA) – 21 per cent of incapacity benefit (IB) claimants told researchers they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.

The following year, IB began to be replaced by employment and support allowance (ESA), with eligibility tested by the WCA, under the New Labour government.

But by 2014, following four years of social security reforms under the new coalition government, and austerity-related cuts to disability benefits and services – and six years of the WCA – more than 43 per cent of claimants were saying they had attempted suicide.

One leading…

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Why the rich should pay more taxes.

As  teachers I and my son spend our time developing skills, imparting knowledge, giving direction, encouragement and self-esteem to my students.

As a nurse my son saves lives regularly and makes people better.

There are millions of support staff in the social services, police, fire service, refuse workers, sewage workers, road sweepers, dentists, construction workers, road maintenance, telephone servicers, doctors, and thousands of other roles – whose function is not to create wealth but to support those who do. Without them the country does not function.

No creator of wealth can function on their own. They require the support of the rest of society – whether that be directly or indirectly.

Society provides the infrastructure that is required for wealth creators to operate.

I changed lives for the better. The millions like me who work in society are indirectly responsible for all the creation of wealth. It’s called teamwork.

To use an analogy from soccer – it is not just the striker who scores the goal, neither is it just his teammates on the field, nor just the manager, physio and coaches, nor the groundsmen, ticket sellers and security or the atmosphere generated by the fans – it is the sum total of all of them – every last one.

By suggesting that the wealth creators are more important and deserve to keep all their wealth you downgrade the value of the bulk of people in society who might not directly create wealth but provide the whole means for its creation.

The wealth creators need to pay, through taxes, for the support structure on which they depend – that is the society they are part of.

That is why tax evasion is despicable. It is an abuse of all the people that directly and indirectly supported them.

Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These – John Lennon

Well Nobody told me either. Not that we’d have Trump and Brexit.

When I first heard this album I thought it was light. I did not think it said much. I’ve changed my mind. It says a lot

I never thought I’d see days like this.

“Nobody Told Me”

Everybody’s talking and no one says a word
Everybody’s making love and no one really cares
There’s Nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs
Always something happening and nothing going on
There’s always something cooking and nothing in the pot
They’re starving back in China so finish what you got

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — strange days indeed

Everybody’s runnin’ and no one makes a move
Everyone’s a winner and nothing left to lose
There’s a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu
Everybody’s flying and no one leaves the ground
Everybody’s crying and no one makes a sound
There’s a place for us in the movies you just gotta lay around

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama

Everybody’s smoking and no one’s getting high
Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s a UFO over New York and I ain’t too surprised

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama

Victor Jara and John Lennon – Poets murdered for their views. Thank you Michael Glen Bell. Poets Fall – The Project

Victor Jara was a Chilean activist and singer. He was murdered by Thatcher’s favourite – General Pinochet. He sang songs of Love, Peace and Social Justice.

They tortured him, smashed his hands with a hammer and mocked him, telling him to play his songs. Eventually they shot him and threw his body into the street.

Lennon was gunned down in cold blood because a madman wanted fame.


This is Poets Fall by the Project

Keep up the Pressure for Net Neutrality

This is too big to just leave!!

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Don’t let Congress pretend
they did not KNOW
And make it CLEAR that they will lose their seats
if they don’t REPRESENT the people they were elected to represent

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the What Kind of World do YOU Want Series

Graphic above fromWhat you need to know about net neutrality (before it gets taken away)

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Stuck for a Christmas Present? Why not give something cheap, unique and really interesting?

What a unique present!

Opher's World

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If you like Sci-fi

a. Ebola in the Garden of Eden

b. Green

If you like Rock Music

a. The Blues Muse

b. In Search of Captain Beefheart

If you are concerned about the Environment

a. Anthropocene Apocalypse

If you are interested in Art

a. Opher’s Art and Outpourings.

If you are interested in Education

a. A Passion for Education…

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