My Personal Proof of Survival

I have so much personal evidence of survival of death, plus my many years of research into the evidence of survival.

Here is just some of the most convincing evidence. Any single one taken in isolation can possibly be dismissed as coincidence, however unlikely the odds. But taken together it is blindly obvious that there is some other explanation.

I started writing posthumous letters to my partner, George, after he died. I then received a letter from Lenny, a friend of ours, who said his partner Frank, an amateur photographer who had taken pictures of George and myself sitting in a rocking chair, wanted to get copies of the photos made. Lenny said that Frank, unknown to me, had given the negatives of these two photos to George, and could he have them back to make copies. We had a cardboard box full of old negatives, so I searched methodically thru them, but could not find the two negatives in question.

In my next posthumous letter to my deceased partner, I told him about this request from our friends, and said if indeed he had been given the negatives, could he somehow let me know where they were as I had searched the box with old negatives and could not find them. The very next day while in my kitchen the phrase came clearly into my head: ‘The negatives are on the top shelf of the larder’. This seemed utterly ridiculous to me, but nevertheless I climbed on a chair and lo and behold there were the two negatives in an envelope.

In another posthumous letter some weeks after George died, I suggested perhaps I should stop writing these letters and allow us both to move on. Again the very next morning, while shaving, I got the urge to play some of his records. Now our musical tastes were totally different. While I only collected 1950s style rock’n’roll/rockabilly and traditional Country Music recordings, my partner had a large LP selection of all popular music from the early 20th Century or even earlier right up to his death in the 1990s, plus a large classical collection. I was not at all familiar with his record collection as I never played any of them.

I pulled out one of his albums completely at random, not having any idea what record it was or who was the artist. All I knew was it was the large pop section of his collection, not the classical stuff which was right the other end of the shelf, virtually the width of the large room. I did not look at the LP sleeve, just took the record out and placed it on the turntable, not looking at the label. I stuck the stylus down randomly on a track somewhere in the middle. Immediately my question of the nite before was answered: ‘Should I stop writing the posthumous letters to my partner?’ Dorothy Squires voice sung: ‘Love letters straight from your heart keep us so near while apart’. I still write the posthumous letters to George, but now only on anniversaries, about three times a year – his birthday, our anniversary of first meeting, and the anniversary of his death.

On a holiday in Jersey just over a week before he died, we were on a sandy beach and I was listening to music on my Walkman-type audio cassette player. George was next to me and told me before I came back to Jersey the next year with my mother to get a cover for my cassette player to stop the sand getting in it. After he died I looked in various shops, but could not find a cassette player cover. Then in the kitchen one day not long before I was due to go back to Jersey with my mother, the phrase came into my head: ‘You will find what you are looking for in there’. I was standing in front of a cupboard where George put unwanted Christmas/birthday presents we had been given, or things he had bought in a cheap shop which he thought might be useful as presents for other people. I had little knowledge of what was in that cupboard. I certainly did not remember a cassette player cover. Indeed when I looked there was not one in there, but what I did find was a little wallet-type thing to hang around your neck under your clothes to keep money in, useful for when on holiday. My cassette player just fitted into the wallet, and there was even a zip-up pouch for the batteries. It was very significant that the telepathic message had not referred to a ‘cassette player cover’ but rather to ‘you will find what you are looking for’, i.e. something which served the purpose.

Years earlier I had been a member of the Young Communist League and then the Communist Party itself. I was a fanatical hard-liner, and my bedroom at the time was decorated with Soviet posters, and there was also an altar to Communism draped with the Soviet hammer and sickle flag on which I placed a statuette of Lenin and a volume of his written works. On the bedroom door were tapestries of Lenin and Stalin. My mother was very worried about me at this time, and while I was out one day my estranged father called. My mother asked him to come and take a look at my bedroom, and he was horrified at what he saw. On my return after my father had left my mother said he had started shouting: ‘I am taken to my son’s bedroom, and what do I see? MURDERERS!’ I replied calmly that it was a bit rich coming from him. He was Greek-Cypriot and had a picture of EOKA-B terrorist, responsible for many British soldiers’ deaths, George Grivas on his mantelpiece in Hampstead.

Years later my father returned to his native Cyprus and the wretched picture of Grivas went with him and hung in a frame on the wall of his living-room in Paphos. I had left the Communist Party by this time, and my posters of Lenin and Stalin and all the other Communist paraphernalia had been taken down and discarded. When my father died my brother and I went over for his funeral in Cyprus. We were sitting in his living-room in Paphos after the funeral and the picture of Grivas, which had been in the frame on the wall for years, suddenly fell out of the frame! We were only in that room for an hour or so, yet it seemed my father had chosen that time to take down his picture of a murderer just as I had taken down mine years earlier.

I went to see exceptional medium Colin Fry at Fairfield Halls, Croydon who was very specific with his messages. I was sitting up in the balcony. The very first message Colin gave was about an elderly lady called Edith who lived to a good old age, then had an accident and deteriorated rapidly then died. By this time a woman in the stalls had put her hand up to claim the message. I did not put my hand up at that time, even though it described my grandmother’s demise exactly. I thought in those thousands of people several could have a relative or friend called Edith who passed after an accident.

Then Colin went on to describe a kitchen which had been badly refurbished, and said that someone had stood a hot pan on the cheap working surface and damaged it. The damaged bit, Colin said, was on the left as you entered the kitchen.

By this time I had my hand up, as I knew this message was so specific and unusual it could not possibly apply to anyone else there but me. However Colin did not see me up in the balcony as he had already had the message accepted by this woman far too early. Although nowhere had I written down any of the details about my mother’s kitchen at that time, the fact Colin gave this message to the woman who claimed it dispels any suggestion he somehow knew about me, my maternal grandmother and my mother’s kitchen refurbishment or he would have said it did not feel right, the message was for a man not a woman in the audience. It just made it all the more convincing for me.

My grandmother was named Edith, and on Boxing Day 1970 was reaching for a saucepan on a shelf, slipped and fell breaking her hip. She was 83. She ended up in hospital and deteriorated slowly over the next few months, even though the hip was repaired. She died on my birthday March 20th, 1971. Not long before attending Colin Fry’s demonstration of clairvoyance at Fairfield Halls, my mother’s kitchen along with others in her sheltered accommodation had been refurbished with cheap material. I had stood a hot pan on the cheap working surface and damaged it, and this damaged bit was indeed on the left as you entered the kitchen! My grandmother was very fond of her eldest daughter, my mother. The last thing my grandmother said to me was to look after my mother. It was entirely natural she would take a keen interest in what happened around my mother and in her home.

When my own mother finally died at the age of 101 she had spent the last few months in a Nursing Home not far from where I lived. She had come out with me on the Thursday before she died, on the Friday she had difficulty holding a cup without her hands shaking violently. She had not eaten any solid food for about three weeks. By the Sunday she was bedridden. I visited every day, and on the Tuesday visited her in her room twice. I knew she didn’t have long to live, but had no idea when exactly the end would come.

Early Wednesday morning I awoke from sleep and very briefly saw a bright white orb up by the ceiling of my room next to a bookcase. I then knew my mother had died. Hours later I got the call from the Nursing Home saying she had passed away around 0200 in the morning, just before I saw the orb.

Two cats also visited after they passed away. One, Dixie, was a heavy Tom cat who used to sit on top of the wardrobe in our bedroom to look out of the window. His favorite trick was to leap down from the wardrobe on to our double bed. This was no joke, to have a heavy cat land on top of you. After Dixie died George, next to me in the bed, said several times he had felt Dixie land on top of him from the wardrobe. I dismissed this and said he must have been dreaming, even though he was fully awake sometimes when this happened. Then one night I felt a heavy thud on my leg while wide awake, and there could be no mistake – Dixie had jumped down from the wardrobe and landed on my leg just as he did in life.

Another cat, Tibby, had a habit of opening a cupboard where my tee-shirts were kept. I put a coffee table against the cupboard door to stop her doing this, as when I wanted to wear the shirts some were covered in cat’s hair. After Tibby passed away I moved the coffee table back into the center of the room. By this time my partner had also died, so I was living in the flat alone, and had not been near the cupboard. The cupboard door could not open of its own accord. Yet on two occasions I found it open. Tibby, like Dixie, had made her presence known.

There has been on-going communication between my partner, my mother and other deceased friends and relatives with me right up to the present. I ‘tune-in’ and type some out, but others come via signs and via my partner’s old dictionary. On one occasion I had just finished a bottle of bitter lemon drink, opened the dictionary at random, pointed blindly to a definition without looking, and it said ‘quinine’, an ingredient of the drink which gives it its bitter taste. On another occasion I asked George’s spirit how he was, and on opening the dictionary anywhere and pointing blindly I got his typical witty reply ‘immortal’.

Both my partner George and my mother, when I tuned in, gave detailed descriptions of what happened to them immediately after they died. Had I imagined these scenarios, having read about Near Death Experiences, I would have mentioned floating above their bodies, entering a tunnel, emerging into the Light and having a Life Review.

My partner talked of entering a reddish smoke or mist and then hearing wonderful music, I had not at the time read of any such description of what happens after death. Neither my partner nor my mother mentioned a tunnel, emerging into the Light nor a Life Review, though when I asked him about this George said it happened later.

One day I just got the impression my mother and father had been reunited on the Other Side, which was very unexpected as they had been apart since their separation 64 years before my mother died, and earlier the marriage was an unhappy one as he was violent towards her on several occasions. Apparently in Spirit he had apologized to her. This was confirmed when I visited a Spiritualist center some time later and the medium said both my father and mother were present. Then came the clincher, he said my mother’s name was Dorothy – indeed it was. Neither the medium nor anyone in that place knew my mother. She had never visited that place.

Even more amazing, but not a personal experience, my partner contacted friends after he died or made his presence known to Tom, Brian, Ernie and possibly others. Brian, when visiting my flat after George died, decided while I was out to wash up. This was unknown for Brian, who never washed up or did any housework. He heard my partner in a surprised voice asking what he was doing. Without thinking Brian replied ‘washing-up’, then realized the voice he heard was George’s who had died some time before. I believe he also felt someone grab his arm and he turned around to see a fleeting shadow. Tom while in the middle of the living-room with nobody else near felt a tug on his jacket. Ernie, while meditating, met my partner in a garden who told him he had to get away from the Earth plane. Another friend, Lenny and his partner Frank, were supposed to come to witness the planting of a memorial tree for George. They failed to turn up, but at the precise moment they should have been at my flat to leave for the planting, George showed his displeasure by causing their bathroom curtain around the bath to fall down for no apparent reason. He typically showed his annoyance when on another occasion Lenny complained a photograph of my partner in a frame was reflecting in the TV screen, and immediately the photo fell down for no apparent reason.

The memorial tree in some lovely gardens in Islington which my partner had introduced me to years before was planted on the same day I was exactly the same age as my partner was when he passed away, to the very day. This was not planned by me but by Islington Council. They also chose the exact spot where it was planted, opposite Jersey Road and Jersey House – George first got very ill on our last holiday in Jersey and died a week later at home.

My mother when she moved into sheltered housing near me, kept seeing a woman who she assumed was the previous tenant. One day the taps in the kitchen were turned on, the sink overflowed and damaged the flat below. My mother insisted she had not left the taps on. One day my mother calmly sat down and told the ghost woman this was now her flat, the woman was dead and should move towards the Light. My mother was never bothered by the apparition again. Years later a carer came to my mother’s flat who had not visited her before. She said she used to visit the previous tenant. My mother described the apparition, and the carer confirmed it sounded just like the previous tenant and how she dressed. Then without any prompting the carer said that the woman was always leaving taps running.

Ernie was told by a medium that he would see my deceased partner one day. He was on holiday with this medium friend in Hawaii, a place my partner and I had visited years before, when he saw a reflection in the TV screen. He turned around and momentarily saw my partner standing there. He frantically rushed out of the room to his friend who calmed him down.

My partner after we first met tried to introduce me to opera, both classical and Gilbert and Sullivan. I could not get appreciative of either, so he gave up in the end. After he died two friends, keen opera lovers, asked me to get tickets for an English National Opera production of ‘La Boheme’ at the Coliseum in London. I bought tickets for them and myself. I was so moved by the opera in English and the comparisons I saw with Mimi’s death scene and that of my partner in our bedroom, that I was crying. As we left the theater the telepathic phrase, so typical of George, came into my head: ‘I had to fucking die to get you to appreciate opera!’ My tears turned to laughter immediately.

Tom cared for an old man named Reg. One day they were talking about life after death and Tom said ‘Well nobody’s ever phoned me from the Other Side to say they’ve arrived safely.’ Reg got ill and died in hospital and moments later Tom received three missed call messages on his mobile phone reading: ‘Reg calling, Reg calling, Reg calling’ from the cut off landline in the old man’s empty flat! Tom freaked out in view of their earlier conversation about not getting phone messages from the dead!

On two occasions a video I filmed of my mother singing a song about asking her mother to come and take her home from an institution appeared spontaneously on my computer. It is impossible to access this video clip without going into an old camera application and clicking on a file and then on the video clip itself. The song is significant, my mother died in a Nursing Home and would have loved her mother to come and collect her to take her home to the Other Side, which may well have happened.

There are many more instances, and communications continue. Some, when I ‘tune-in’, could be my imagination, others received independently from mediums, thru George’s records, his dictionary and spontaneous telepathic messages telling me where things were which I did not even know were in the flat (and the video clip of my mother singing appearing spontaneously twice on my computer) are much harder to dismiss. As for the apparitions my mother and my friends saw, well make up your own minds. The only one I had was the bright orb which was, I know, my mother’s spirit immediately after she passed on.

Open Borders?

Open borders between countries are the ideal, but they can only work successfully when wages/prices and standard of living are more or less equal and when they have the same economic and political system.

For example, it could never work in divided Germany or divided Berlin where they had totally different political and economic systems. Take divided Berlin as an example of why the Wall had to be built. People were living in subsidized rented flats in the East and commuting to high paid jobs in the Western part of the city before the Wall went up. While the GDR (East Germany) was paying reparation fees for the Second World War to the Soviet Union for the whole of Germany, West Germany and West Berlin were getting Marshall Aid from the USA. Although the GDR government rebuilt the badly damaged East Berlin, and places like Dresden, all heavily bombed in the War, and while East Germans were among the most affluent and smartly dressed in the Socialist bloc, West Germany and West Berlin was poaching their professional people. Any East German who got to West Berlin or West Germany was automatically entitled to West German citizenship. At the same time, before the Wall went up in Berlin, West Berliners were able to cross freely into the Eastern sector of the city and strip the shops of subsidized foodstuffs. Under Socialism prices for essential goods and wages were controlled and so obviously lower than in the high-priced, high waged inflation-hit Western sectors of the city, so in August 1961 the Wall was erected. I do not approve of the minefields or shootings, and think there were ways visits both ways could have been permitted (a hefty returnable deposit raised by public subscription for GDR citizens to visit the West for example), but the point is the border had to be controlled.

The same is true between all countries where there are large differences in standards of living, wages and prices. Economic migrants tend to be the richest in the impoverished countries who can afford to pay to get to the richer countries. If there is a large flood of economic migrants to the richer countries, they leave the poorer countries even worse off. In divided Ireland it is now obvious the open border only worked when both countries were in the European Union. With UK out of the EU, and the Irish Republic still in the EU, it will be impossible to maintain the open border unless the UK or at least NI stays in the Single Market and Customs Union.

The GDR suffered economically as its professionals fled West, and after Socialism in Eastern and Central Europe collapsed, so many Polish men went abroad to UK and other places that there were not enough left to operate the fire stations.

I believe every country has the right to control both immigration and emigration, based on quotas. Total freedom of movement is only possible when there is a more of less level playing field and immigration/emigration are roughly balanced, rather than a heavy flow of emigrants/immigrants one way.

The GDR regarded mass emigration as tantamount to treachery, as those professionals educated and trained in the GDR fled West. When the flow of economic migrants is large and not balanced by a flow of immigrants, there are serious problems. What is then needed as a long-term solution is to bring the poorer countries up to the level of the richer ones. This is more difficult when so many are leaving, and impossible when there are totally different political and economic systems. If things are heavily subsidized by the State, and prices and wages are controlled, then a neighboring country with a high-wage inflationary capitalist system may seem attractive, even though rents, property prices and everything else are much more expensive.

So fences and walls are regrettably necessary, but shootings, minefields and other inhuman acts like separating children from parents who cross illegally are all unacceptable. A quota system should allow both immigration and emigration. When several countries or the whole world has a similar standard of living and more or less equal wages/prices, then freedom of movement is made easier, though some control will always be needed to apprehend criminals and terrorists.

Separate Survival from Religion

Many people reject the idea of an afterlife because it is tied up with religion. There are so many religions in the world any thinking person realizes they cannot all be right, nor can one be right and all the others wrong. Many do not believe in a deity because of all the suffering and tragedies which occur. Also because it is generally accepted that evolution is a fact, and why would an all-knowing deity need to go through the laborious process of gradual evolution to come up with the human race? Nobody actually can say exactly what they mean by a deity, save a Supreme Being and Creator they worship. Most believers accept it is not an old man in the sky with a long white beard, but cannot say exactly what it might be.

There are, however, a growing number of rationalists, humanists, agnostics and atheists who, while rejecting religion and the idea of a deity, accept the overwhelming evidence that we all survive death. This is based on scientific experimentation and evidence, not on faith or some ancient religious text.

It is becoming clear that Consciousness is the fundamental reality giving rise to matter. Evolution would have been guided by Consciousness experimenting and learning from its mistakes, truly a case of natural selection combined with trying out new adaptations.

Materialist science is clearly on the way out. Quantum Physics strongly suggests that matter cannot even exist without a conscious observer seeing or measuring/monitoring it in some way. This indicates we are currently living in a virtual reality, and that the material Universe is merely a product of Consciousness. Waves of probability become sub-atomic particles only when observed, measured or monitored by a Conscious entity.

Where is the evidence of survival of death? It is to be found in near death experiences where flatlining people report accurately on events happening around them and at a distance when clinically dead. Also in genuine mediumship of all kinds. In out-of-the-body and remote viewing incidents and experiments, which prove that the Mind is not confined to the brain. Also in ITC and EVP experiments where messages and even pictures from the afterlife dimensions are received on all forms of electronic equipment like televisions, radios, tape recorders, computers, telephones, etc.

Materialist scientists ignore all this evidence, they refuse to even examine it, because it would upset their paradigm. It would make all materialist scientific textbooks and theories obsolete.

There are, however, a growing number of post-materialist scientific theories which explain all the anomalies and mysteries which materialist science cannot deal with. Theories like Pearsonian Physics and Biocentralism for instance.

I am agnostic, I do not even know what the word ‘God’ is supposed to mean. If anything ‘godlike’ exists then I think it must have evolved and still be evolving, and that we are all part of this process. We are here to experience things and learn from our mistakes in order to evolve. When our lives here are over we pass into another dimension. Many people I knew who have died have communicated to me by various methods from the afterlife dimensions. I have no doubt we all survive death, but have no need of religion to support this belief since it is based on hard evidence experienced personally and also on that researched and published by others.

The Beginning of the End of the Nation State.

Something exciting and revolutionary is happening in the world. It has often been misinterpreted as a worldwide clamor for independence by parts of nations, but in reality it is something quite different. I see it as the death-throes of the old nation states as new federations of autonomous regions develop.

Take the United Kingdom for example. It is in imminent danger of breaking up because of the result of the EU Referendum, with some countries and regions voting to stay in the EU and others, mainly rural areas of England and Wales, voting to leave. Scotland and Northern Ireland, also some cities in England like London, do not want total independence; they want to be member states of the European Union which is moving ever closer to a federation – a United States of Europe.

Catalonia is the latest region to desire to break away from the nation state, in this case Spain, but would probably wish to remain in the European Union. Those voting for Brexit in parts of the UK are going against the general trend, those in Scotland voting to remain in the EU are going with it.

This process of regions and smaller countries breaking away from the nation state and desiring to become autonomous states of a much larger federation could lead to a much more democratic European Union. Devolution has already taken place in the UK, with separate parliaments and assemblies in three of the four nations which make up the country. It therefore makes no sense for the Westminster Parliament and government to insist that two of these devolved nations, namely Scotland and Northern Ireland, should be dragged out of the European Union against the expressed will of their people.

Nation states have throughout history led to wars, as have aspirations for independence. It is high time we forsook the idea that nation states are inviolable and sought new ways of ruling ourselves. Since I was born many countries have ceased to exist, and others have come into being. What does seem to be the case, however, is when federations or unions of states break up into individual states, wars and genocide take place. Not only that, but many smaller parts of larger federations find it difficult to exist on their own, so apply to join another union. Such as some of the former republics of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia who have joined or applied to join the European Union.

I have long favored a federal United States of Europe with legislatures in each member state, but not necessarily the member states as they are now constituted. Before the Referendum I envisaged England, Scotland and Wales becoming member states of a federal EU in their own right, and Northern Ireland united with the Eire as a member state. Now this is complicated by the fact that large areas of England and Wales voted, albeit by a small majority, to leave the EU.

Nevertheless the general trend is, I believe, towards larger federations or unions of states, and also for these member states to be smaller and more democratically accountable to their people than the often diverse nation states with their often remote governments. While the federal government of these unions will be even more remote, the member states will have their own legislatures with enhanced powers. Much as the individual states of the USA have great autonomy from Washington D.C. on a whole range of issues.

Already it is happening. Several states have been accepted into the European Union which broke away from former nation states – Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. Also the Republic of Cyprus, which only has actual authority over part of the island. There is therefore no reason why Scotland or Catalonia should not be accepted as member states of the EU in their own right.

Where this process goes next remains to be seen. Will Bavaria, for instance, go for separate EU membership from the rest of Germany?

There is also, of course, the possibility of groups of states breaking away from one federation and joining another. This is what happened with the former Soviet Baltic republics and the two of the republics of former Yugoslavia. In the future there is always the possibility of the EU splitting to form two or more federations.

The world is in a constant state of flux. There is nothing to be alarmed about countries and regions re-grouping in different formats. What is perhaps more recent is the idea of newly independent regions then applying, voluntarily, to join a larger federation. Ultimately these federations could be linked in a confederation under a World Government.

Spirit Possession

I tried to look this up on the Internet, and all the references I found are about so-called ‘demonic possession’. This may be a leftover from Christian and other religious prejudice which regard all such things as ‘demonic’ or of ‘the Devil’.

My own perception is that there are various kinds of possession or ‘walk-in’ phenomena.

The only kind which could be termed ‘demonic’, in my view, is when a lower spirit entity takes over a living human and encourages them to kill, sexually assault or injure other human beings. Even so these spirits are not ‘demons’ but simply those who have not evolved and whose spiritual realm should be the lower astral until they are able to regret their actions and evolve to higher spiritual dimensions.

The second category of this kind of phenomena is when an Earthbound spirit enters a living human to satisfy an addiction to alcohol, drugs, consensual sexual gratification with other adults, etc. I do not regard this as ‘demonic’ It is certainly an inability to move on, and if the host is unaware or unwilling to accommodate the spirit, it is unhealthy and an invasion of personal privacy.

The third category would be as Andrew Russell-Davis is experiencing with Diana, former Princess of Wales. An Earthbound spirit which feels it has a mission and also unfinished business on Earth. A mission to prove survival, for instance, and a desire to connect with loved ones on Earth and, in Diana’s case and possibly others, to add evidence to the circumstances of the death of their physical body. In this case the host may be willing to accommodate the spirit, sharing a sense of mission or of completing unfinished business.

All are examples of either possession or ‘walk-ins’ where a spirit, permanently or temporarily, enters a living human being or attaches itself to one.

Are all these forms of phenomena unhealthy? That is the real question. Should all spirits move on to the Spiritual dimensions and not remain Earthbound? Are some given permission to undertake a mission in this way? If so is this because the mission is planned by Higher Spirits or for educational/development purposes for the Earthbound spirit so they can learn to what extent remaining Earthbound and attached to a living human can achieve their stated purpose?

I try to keep an open mind, though tend toward the latter interpretation. There will come a time when all Earthbound spirits will decide it is time to move on, whether they are attached to a living human being or not. For the host of an attached spirit, whether willing or unwilling, I fear it may be unhealthy especially if it continues for a long period with little positive results. If very positive results are achieved, however, it could become very worthwhile for both the Earthbound spirit, the host and for other human beings on Earth.

Can Labour win the 2017 General Election?

Despite what the opinion polls say, and even they show Labour reducing the Tory lead, Labour can win the General Election, and Jeremy Corbyn is immensely popular, in fact more popular than any other current Party leader judging by the huge crowds which greet him everywhere. However if you read the Main Stream Media, or listen to it via TV, you would get the opposite impression, that Corbyn is the most unpopular leader, and the opinion polls give the same message. It all depends, of course, on who is asked the questions and what newspapers they read.

The problem is that entrenched in Parliament are so many Labour MPs who got there in the New Labour era, and they have done everything in their power from the moment Corbyn was first elected leader to stab him in the back. He picked a Shadow Cabinet from all sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party, and the Blairites then promptly resigned saying he was ‘incompetent’. For heaven’s sake, the man had been a backbencher for decades, a bit of help and support would have been nice, and patience. Blairite MPs constantly ran him down in the rightwing media, then 172 voted ‘no confidence’ in him. Had Corbyn then resigned as leader, he would have been kept off the ballot paper along with all other leftwingers.

They put up Owen Smith, who nobody had ever heard of, to challenge Corbyn for the leadership, spouting a left-sounding agenda, but the membership did not fall for it and re-elected Corbyn with an even bigger majority.

As to the General Election which all the polls predict the Tories will win, in these uncertain times nothing can be predicted with any reliability. So many factors come into play in this Election. Brexit will feature prominently. How will Remainers vote? How will Leavers vote? So far it seems most UKIP votes will go to the Tories, but this is not necessarily so. Many could go to Labour. Then there will be tactical voting to confuse things. What happens in Scotland could be crucial, but a post-election alliance of Labour and the SNP could stop the Tories if together they could form a majority of MPs.

One thing is certain. To achieve a Labour victory people must vote Labour. That may seen obvious, but when so many of the potential electorate do not register or register but then do not vote, then they cannot complain if they end up with a government they do not like. In the past many have not bothered to vote as they saw little difference between the main political parties or just did not trust politicians. This time it is different, as Labour under Corbyn has inspired many people that we now have a real alternative and a new kind of politics.

If young people, many of whom were denied a vote in the EU Referendum or were too young to vote in the 2015 General Election, register and vote Labour, and if sufficient numbers of people who do not usually vote do the same, Labour could not only win, but even win by a landslide. That is a lot of ‘ifs’, but it is perfectly possible.

The big fly in the ointment is the Main Stream Media, which includes the BBC and most other TV news outlets, and most of the Press. The tabloids are the worst. In Soviet-style Socialist Democracy the government told the people how to vote; in our own version of democracy Rupert Murdoch, George Osborne and company tell the people how to vote. Thank goodness for social media!

There are two possibilities in this Election. Either young people and previous non-voters come out in their millions and vote, in which case Labour could form the next government, or they leave it to the older generation and readers of the tabloids in which case the Tories will be returned with a bigger majority.

Persecution of Gays in Chechnya and elsewhere

There are consistent reports coming out of Russia about gay men being arrested, kept in prisons or concentration camps, tortured, made to reveal names of other gay men, and sometimes killed by the Chechen authorities. Chechnya is an extremist Islamic autonomous republic within the Russian Federation, and honor killings of gay man by their families is also a common practice, so many gay men there are forced to marry a woman and keep their sexuality secret. The current purge of gay men is truly horrific, and there have been demonstrations outside Russian embassies and petitions to the Russian government.

The difficulty is short of sending in the tanks again, or threatening to do so, the Russian federal government is powerless to do much apart from tell the Chechen authorities to stop this persecution of gay men. The Russian Federation itself is riddled with homophobia due largely to the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, though in Chechnya and some other Russian republics it is extremist Islam which is homophobic. Russia has a law, similar to Thatcher’s Section 28, which prohibits the promotion of ‘unnatural’ sexual relations to minors. This has encouraged violent homophobia, and causes Gay Pride marches to be banned and broken up. Any kind of promotion of the gay lifestyle is illegal.

This is in stark contrast to Lenin’s decriminalization of homosexuality soon after the Bolshevik Revolution, though there was a clamp down later under Stalin and later leaders. It is also in marked contrast to the legalization of homosexuality in Soviet-bloc countries like Czechoslovakia and East Germany in the 1960s. However the homophobia in Russia seems to have got much worse since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, an officially atheist state, and the rising influence of organized religion in the form of the Christian Orthodox church and extreme Islam.

Homophobia is also rampant in Saudi Arabia, Qata, the ISIS held areas and other extremist Islamic areas, also in other Christian Orthodox countries like Greece and the Republic of Cyprus. Also in areas where fundamentalist Christianity is prevalent, such as the Southern states of America, especially in rural areas. However it is in the extreme Islamic republics that killing and torture of gay men, and lesbians, is official government policy.

While Russia must do its utmost to halt the pogrom of gay men in Chechnya, the West has a duty to put pressure on countries like Saudi Arabia which it supplies with arms and torture equipment. These supplies should be stopped immediately, as they also find their way from these extremist Islamic states to ISIS where gays are also being murdered.

As to the Chechen situation in Russia, there have already been two wars between Russia and the largely uncontrollable Chechen republic since the fall of the Soviet Union, as Chechnya declared independence in 1991. Chechen terrorists have set off bombs in the Moscow Metro system. The current Chechen leader, approved by Moscow, is guilty of causing this progrom and by publicizing what is going on and showing the world is watching, the Amnesty International tactic for decades, we can only hope the authorities will take notice and stop the persecution. As there are no Chechen embassies to protest outside people have no option other than to demand the Russian Federation itself puts pressure on this semi-independent republic. The fact that Russia is heavily involved in Syria, has a divided Ukraine on its doorstep with a large Russian-speaking population and a hostile rightwing government in Kiev due to a coup, and has also had to build up troops on its Western borders because of a NATO build-up does not exactly help, nor does the fact that Russia itself is increasingly homophobic.

A thoroughly depressing situation to which I can see no easy short-term solution. The MSM giving maximum publicity to the Chechen pogrom and similar persecution in other areas of the world is probably the only thing we can do.

Brexit begins

On Wednesday March 29th the Government will invoke Article 50 to begin the process of withdrawal from the European Union. We can argue about how democratic or otherwise the referendum was. It certainly did not come up to normal standards for referendums on Constitutional issues, which can change the nature of a state for a generation or more. Usually a majority of two thirds is required to alter the status quo, since this is not like a General Election where the result can be reversed in five years time. In the Scottish independence referendum 16/17 year olds were allowed to vote, since Constitutional matters like this will affect the younger generation more than the older generation. It would also have been sensible to say that all four of the UK nations had to vote Leave for it to be effective provided the total Leave vote for the UK was 66% of the voters, not the 52% it actually was, with Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to Remain.

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour will vote against any final deal which does not maintain access to the single market, protection of workers’ rights, etc. Although the Government has promised MPs a vote on the final deal, May has threatened to leave the EU with no deal if Parliament rejects this final deal. MPs must amend this motion to stop the Government doing such a foolhardy thing.

There has been no attempt at compromise by the Government to heal the bitter divisions in the country caused by this Referendum result. The consequences of a Hard Brexit, which nobody voted for whatever they may think since this option was not on the Referendum paper, will be disastrous. The European Health Insurance Card for holidaymakers will probably no longer be valid, the plummeting pound will make all holidays abroad very expensive. As firms re-locate to EU countries the jobless totals will spiral. Maybe there will be low-paid jobs once filled by EU workers in the UK.

Lies were told during the Leave campaign, not least that we could control immigration. We always had control over immigration from non-EU states, but this could stop if we pursue Hard Brexit. There will be a land border between the UK and an EU country in Ireland, and possibly another one between Scotland and England if the former decides to leave the UK and re-join the EU. People from all countries of the world would be able to stream across these open land borders unchecked, and any attempt to control the border in Ireland would lead to the collapse of the Good Friday Agreement and quite possibly a repeat of the IRA terror campaign.

Then there is the question of the status of EU nationals living in the UK and British citizens living in EU countries. Their futures are in jeopardy, and the rights of British EU citizens are also being threatened. Is it right for the 27% of the British population who voted Leave to take away the citizenship and rights of the remaining 73%, especially when the younger generations who will be most affected were not even able to vote?

Did Leave voters take all these complex issue into consideration when they put their cross against ‘Leave’ in the Referendum? This is the reason such complex Constitutional issues should NEVER EVER have been left to a simple ‘Yes’/’No’ or in this case ‘Leave’/’Remain’ option on a Referendum paper without even a threshold being set for altering the status quo. It is now up to Parliament to ensure that Brexit protects the rights of all citizens and that a disastrous Hard Brexit is not approved.

It would indeed be ironic if the Leave campaign promoted so strongly and misleadingly by the United Kingdom Independence Party led to the end of the UK and the consigning of the Union Flag into the trashcan of history.

Brexit, Scottish, Northern Irish referenda

Brexit, especially the Hard Brexit being pursued by the government, has shaken the United Kingdom to its very foundations and it may not even survive.

It is somewhat ironic that many Leave voters are very patriotic, but all they may achieve is consigning the Union Flag to the dustbin of history and a new flag may have to be designed for what remains of the UK, possibly just England and Wales.

The SNP in Scotland and Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland have called for referenda on the status of their regions. The Scottish one would be on independence so Scotland can remain in or re-join the EU, and the Northern Ireland one would be to unite with the Republic of Ireland, which is already an EU member.

Had Theresa May gone for soft Brexit and continued membership of the single market it would have been a compromise which would have avoided these upheavals, but would also probably be far from ideal in that we would still be bound by EU rules and regulations but have no vote or say in forming them.

However life outside the EU and single market altogether, which nobody voted for because it was not on the Referendum paper, is an as yet unknown territory depending on what deal, and it is unlikely to be a good one, May can get from the 27 remaining EU members. If they gave UK a good deal, then other EU countries might be encouraged to leave and negotiate similar terms.

Whatever happens in the referenda in Scotland and Northern Ireland, if they happen, UK leaving the EU will cause immense problems which I am sure people voting Leave in the EU Referendum never even considered: the status of the border in Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement, the status of British nationals in other EU countries are just two of these uncertainties. If there is ANY sort of control of the border in Ireland the Good Friday Agreement will collapse, risking the Troubles with the IRA starting again. If the border is left uncontrolled, then there will be an open border with an EU country where EU nationals many Leave voters are so anxious to keep out can stream in. If Scotland leaves the UK there will be another border with an EU country which either has to be controlled or again, an entry point for immigrants to stream in uncontrolled. We will have completely lost control of one or two borders whichever way the referenda go, except in the unlikely event Northern Ireland unites with the Republic but Scotland remains in the UK. The open border(s) would be easy entry points not just for EU immigrants. Anyone who gains entry to the Republic of Ireland could cross the border into the UK and similarly with an independent Scotland. Net result of Brexit: no control whatsoever over immigration from any country because of the open land border(s).

All this is just the beginning of the Pandora’s Box which Leave voters have opened, but for which David Cameron and Parliament are entirely to blame. Thresholds are usually required for Constitutional referenda like this. A two-thirds majority to change the status quo is not an uncommon requirement. It would have also have been sensible, in order to keep the UK intact, to require all four countries of the UK to have a majority vote to change the status quo for it to be effective. Plus the fact that those who will be most affected by leaving the EU were barred from voting yet 16/17 year olds were allowed to vote in other referenda. The end result is just 27% of the British population are dragging the remaining 73%, many of whom although they will be most affected were not allowed a vote, out of the EU. This is hardly democracy, it is a travesty of democracy. Even of the eligible electorate only 37% voted to Leave the UK. I can think of no other Constitutional change anywhere where such a low margin of voters have altered the status quo with unforeseeable consequences.

Finally, at a General Election the electorate get a chance to vote again in 5 years. With the EU referendum anyone demanding a second one to confirm the biggest Constitutional change in recent years once it is known what it will actually mean is greeted with accusations of being undemocratic because Brexit is the ‘will of the people’. Correction: it was the expressed will, apparently, of 27% of the people on one day in June 2016. Some were just registering protest votes against the government, some may have changed their minds since, and the other 73% either were not given a vote or might like to vote when the actual terms and consequences of Brexit are known. How can that be undemocratic? You might as well say once we’ve had a General Election the party who got the most seats in Parliament rules forever!

Copeland by-election result

The loss of this former Labour seat has been blamed on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and in this case this is probably correct because of his previous record as being against nuclear power stations and also he is against Trident replacement, quite rightly in my opinion on both counts. However two big local employers are Sellafield nuclear power plant and the shipyards at neighboring Barrow-in-Furness where Trident submarines are built. Therefore, despite official Labour Party policy still being in favor of both nuclear power stations and Trident replacement, the electorate were reluctant to vote Labour while led by Jeremy.

However it is not all down to Corbyn as the Labour vote in Copeland had been going down and down long before he was elected leader. Labour ended up only 2,000 or so votes behind the Tory who became the new MP.

This is a unique constituency because of the two local big employers, so cannot be regarded as a barometer as to what might happen in a General Election. Though it also has to be said there were other factors as to why Labour is so far behind in the opinion polls, and why they lost Copeland. A divided political party is bound to find it difficult to convince the electorate to vote for it, especially when 172 Labour MPs voted ‘no confidence’ in the democratically elected leader and many constantly join the media in rubbishing his leadership. This is not down to Corbyn, but to the Labour MPs who refused to give the new, inexperienced leader a chance and showed no loyalty to him or the membership who elected him. This was an MP from the backbenches who never expected to become leader, and a bit of advice and help would have been welcome instead of the constant back-stabbing.

Another reason for the loss of Copeland, and also a factor in Stoke-on-Trent which Labour held on to, was that both Labour MPs resigned to take alternative employment, and they had only been elected in the 2015 General Election. An MP who resigns after such a short time will tend to damage his Party in that constituency – MPs are expected to serve their full term unless there are exceptional circumstances.

So what is likely to happen in the next General Election, whenever it is held? The Party MUST unite behind the democratically elected leader whoever he or she is, and this includes the Parliamentary Labour Party. To go into a General Election with most of the Labour MPs against the Leader of the Opposition would be political suicide.