Political Dilemma

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The CPB red flag logo

I have come to the stage when I am in a dilemma about British politics. Not just which party to vote for, but how to become more active by perhaps joining a political party again, and if so, which one.

I have been a member, at different times of course, of both the Labour Party and the old Communist Party of Great Britain. I finally left the CPGB in 1976, and rejoined the Labour Party, but when it abandoned unilateralism (i.e. unilateral nuclear disarmament by Britain) under Neil Kinnock’s leadership, I finally resigned from the Labour Party. Had I not done so at that time, I most certainly would have with the advent of so-called ‘New Labour’ under Tony Blair’s leadership, and the removal of the passage in Clause IV of the Labour Party’s constitution, once printed on all Party membership cards, calling for the common ownership and control of the means of production, distribution and exchange. This was the very basis of Socialism and without it the Party was just another capitalist political party, the Tory Party Mark II, albeit with genuine Socialists like Tony Benn still inside it.

In the years since 1997 I have been in a constant dilemma as to which political party to vote for in local and national elections. I have, during these years, voted mainly Liberal Democrat, as it seemed to have the most left-wing policies of the three major political parties, not being afraid to oppose the Iraq war and propose increased taxation to support essential public services. I had also voted Green in some local elections, and voted Labour when supporting Ken Livingstone in his bid to become London Mayor, and in his 2008 bid for re-election to that post.

Now I face a new dilemma, since the Liberal Democrats, never a Socialist party in any case, have now lurched to the right again. We now have the three major political parties in Britain all following almost identical rightwing policies.

I have written many blogs and articles on the Internet about Socialism, Communism and the mistakes made in the past and how we can go forward into the 21st Century. However I would like to be able to take these ideas and join a debate inside some political organization.

So I now have two dilemmas: which political party to vote for in local/national elections, which would be resolved if I could solve my second dilemma – which political party/organization, if any, to actually join and become an active member of.

Recently I have been studying the manifestoes and websites of several of the possibilities. There are the various Communist parties and their successors, all very small groups. These include the Communist Party of Great Britain (using the official title of the old CPGB of which I was once a member), the Communist Party of Britain (more closely following the policies of the old CPGB, and still linked to the Morning Star/Daily Worker daily newspaper of the Left), and Compass ‘direction for a Democratic Left’ (which seems little more than a center-left think tank), among others. Then there is the Cooperative Party (an integral part of the Labour Party, and therefore controlled by New Labour politicians/policies), the Labour Party itself, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats.

I seriously thought about joining either the CPGB or the CPB, but rejected the former as it is seems to be yet another Trotskyist group advocating workers’ militias, violent revolution worldwide, and rejecting progressive campaigns such as that to abolish nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

The CPB seems a much more attractive option, but I am seeking more information about its policies. So far two emails to them seeking clarification remain ignored and unanswered, as did a similar email to the CPGB.

Joining either Communist Party could be a retrograde step given that I have moved on since my CP days, though I deeply regret the collapse of the Soviet Union and the former Socialist societies of Central and Eastern Europe, including Yugoslavia, believing the 1989-91 period was an opportunity to democratize and reform them whilst retaining the gains already achieved by their imperfect Socialism.

Could I bring myself to call myself a ‘Communist’ again, given that the 20th Century experiments seemed to prove that, for the foreseeable future at least, it was an unworkable idea? Communists see Socialism as an intermediate stage to a utopian society, i.e. Communism, where the State has withered away, there is an abundance of goods and services, and which operates on the principle ‘from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs’. A completely self-governing society, where everyone works and in return takes just what they need, no more or less. This requires an incredible degree of political maturity, of self-restraint, and of class discipline. It would involve the masses becoming actively involved in politics, in governing society, and in making sure no group of opportunists and careerists sought to entrench themselves in positions of authority and distort Socialism to their own ends, as happened in the Soviet Union and many other Socialist countries.

I have come to the conclusion that if Communism is possible, outside of small communes of dedicated idealists, it is a long way ahead, probably centuries away after many years of Socialism, before such an idealistic society would emerge, if indeed it ever does. It may well always be necessary to have all the machinery of a State to run society, protect democracy and control crime.

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The CPB ‘dove and hammer’ logo

So I haven’t at this point of time rejected joining the Communist Party of Britain, whose main slogan is ‘for Socialism and Peace’, and who include the dove of peace as part of one of its logos. The current Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is a member, which is encouraging. I can live with Communism as an ideal to strive for, albeit in the far-distant future.

The Cooperative Party is very attractive because I am very much committed to the idea of worker/consumer cooperatives as an alternative, in many cases, to both huge, State-owned monopolies, or private enterprise. The system of competing cooperatives and publicly owned companies in a Socialist Market Place was pioneered successfully in Yugoslavia, before that state tragically broke up due to ethnic conflicts following the collapse of Socialism which swept across Eastern and Central Europe.

However, visiting their website and seeing reports/pictures of their conferences and debates addressed by rightwing New Labour politicians such as Gordon Brown and Ed Milliband, makes me feel they are currently too much under the control of New Labour. I would be far happier if people like Tony Benn and the far Left of Labour had more influence, and if the Cooperative Party acted as a Leftwing pressure group inside the Labour Party.

I have no real enthusiasm to join the Labour Party itself under its current ‘New Labour’ banner, with all that this implies: commitment to council house sales, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, privatization, the replacement of Trident nuclear submarines, etc. If I supported any of these policies why not join the real thing – the Conservative Party?

Nor have I any real enthusiasm to join the Green Party or the Liberal Democrats. The Green Party has certain attractions, but it is essentially a one-issue party focusing on the environment, and like the Liberal Party is has no grand long-term vision for achieving Socialism, let alone striving towards true Communism.

The Democratic Left, which emerged in 1991 from the remnants of the old CPGB, seems now to be little more than a wishy-washy center-left think tank, so I don’t think that is a real option.

I may well decide to remain a ‘free thinker’ outside all political parties, deciding which one to vote for at each election. In some elections I split my vote between candidates of different political parties.

If I joined the CPB, I would presumably be committed to voting for New Labour, since the CPB itself puts forward very few candidates of its own. Like the old CPGB it advocates supporting the Labour Party when there is no Communist candidate standing, but all Communist parties have always been refused permission by the Labour Party to affiliate.

It seems to me that the Communist Party of Britain may be my best option, should I decide to become a member of a political party again. It is the one which most closely conforms to my current political beliefs, but I need assurances that it has learnt from the mistakes of the past. Above all, in any future Socialist society, we need pluralism in both the political and economic fields. This means genuinely free elections with different political parties putting up rival candidates for election, and forming a government if they achieve a majority. This could be under a Socialist Constitution, which would replace our present unwritten Monarchial constitution, and could only be established after winning a referendum at some point in the future, presumably when Socialism is established and working successfully.

In order to work successfully, I believe the old concept of nationalization and huge State monopolies has, for the most part, to be abandoned in favor of smaller-scale competing cooperatives and individual publicly owned companies.

There could still be central planning, and certain industries/services would perhaps be better nationalized, such as the railways and public transport generally, possibly the utility companies, and the banking and financial institutions. Nationalization of the latter group would mean huge deposits at the disposal of the Socialist government, which would keep personal taxation down to a minimum. A true People’s State Bank, fully protecting the real value of the investments/savings.

This is a difficult era for Socialists and Communists. Particularly in countries like Britain, or of course the USA. If there is to be a revival of Socialism it is more likely to occur first in South America, as is happening at present, in Africa/Asia, or in the former Socialist countries as their population yearn for the security/stability they lost in 1989/91, and become increasingly disillusioned by capitalism, with their society dominated by foreign multi-nationals and in many cases, by corrupt politicians and enterpreneurs out to feather their own nests.

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Karl Marx      V. I. Lenin

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As Karl Marx stated, Capitalism is an unstable system. It relies on constant wars and a huge armaments industry to get out of constant recessions due to low wages, high unemployment and over-production, and is doomed to go the way of Feudalism and other historical eras. As Marx said, the march towards Socialism, and hopefully ultimately Communism, is inevitable.

The pendulum will swing leftwards again, but only if we learn from the mistakes of the past and evolve politically. As Comrade Lenin said – ‘two steps forward, one step back’. It is now time to start stepping forward again with new ideas as to how Socialism should operate in the 21st Century.

Will I join the CPB or some other political party? Watch this space!

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Augusts, and Margate, past and present

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Margate (the guest house closed in the 1960s) (click on the pictures to enlarge them)

August is coming to an end, and Winter will soon be upon us. Already the nights are drawing in.

We’ve had wetter Augusts I suppose, but as far as sunshine and warm temperatures are concerned, this has undoubtedly been by far the worst August I can remember in all 63 years I have been on Earth.

Last year was a bad Summer, but that August, and every August as far back as I can remember, there have been warm sunny days when I could lie on a beach somewhere, or by a lake or pond, and go swimming. Not this year. For the first time in my life, unless the weather improves dramatically in the next 5 days (by which I mean completely cloudless skies and temperatures of 25C or above for at least 2 days to warm the water up) this August will be a complete wash-out as far as swimming/sunbathing is concerned.

Luckily we had a few exceptionally warm days in May, June and July when I was able to get some swimming in. But the weather was not particularly good during our week’s holiday by the sea in early July, nor when we had pre-arranged day trips to the coast on four occasions earlier this Summer.

So what has happened? We hear about ‘global warming’ but we’ve seen little sign of it here. Apart from one day a few years ago when I was up the Serpentine Lido and the temperature in London hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit, we’ve seen increased rainfall and gray skies during months which should give us sunshine and blue skies.

We may have an Indian Summer, which for me will be problematic as August was the month when all my clubs took a break, or three of them anyway. These all start up again in September, so if the weather turns hot and sunny I’ll have to miss a lot of the clubs in order to take advantage of the belated Summer.

I remember, as a kid and teenager, endless long hot sunny cloudless days on Margate beach every August. Surely my memory isn’t deceiving me?

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The famous Dreamland tower

Of course Margate has been ruined. The pier’s gone, as has the unique Sun Deck. Dreamland amusement park’s gone, even the listed Scenic Railway has now burnt down (though there are apparently plans to restore it all). The salt-water bathing pool (essential for swimming when the tide is out), which used to be in front of the old Sun Deck, has been turned into a boating pool, and the boating pool the other side of the beach has gone altogether. And of course Punch & Judy has gone, deemed ‘politically incorrect’ to teach kids about beating wives, killing policemen and hangmen, and telling the loudspeakers blaring across the beach reporting lost children to throw the screaming brats ‘in the water’. (I more recently witnessed a p.c. Punch & Judy show on Hastings pier, where Punch was the perfect husband, looking after the baby and doing all the housework. It was boring as Hell and didn’t last five minutes!)

Will whoever is in charge of our weather please take note: August is the traditional holiday month in UK when everything closes down, including schools. Please arrange for good hot, sunny days in future years!

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Margate’s old Punch & Judy as it was in the 1950s

The Carnival’s Not Over, Just Time to Move It!

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Notting Hill Carnival Parade

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Yet another 50th anniversary this month. In August 1958 there were race riots in Notting Hill, and this led eventually to the annual Notting Hill Carnival every August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Notting Hill Race Riots, August 1958

But the Carnival has now become far too big an event for the narrow streets of Notting Hill. In any case, it is now a London-wide attraction attended and participated in by Londoners of all communities, both ethnic and indigenous. The West Indian ethnic community itself, once centered on Notting Hill, is now dispersed all over London, with new focal points in places like Brixton in South London.

For many residents of Notting Hill the annual Carnival has become a nightmare, trapping them inside their homes all over the August Bank Holiday weekend. PA systems blaring out loud rap and other West Indian-style music deafen them. In one case a few years ago, a couple I know had huge speakers placed under their block of flats (which was on stilts) and had to contend not only the noise of this alien ‘music’, but the whole building shaking for the duration of the festivities.

The streets are jammed with revelers and sightseers, and become a muggers’ and steamers’ paradise. This and the recent spate of gun and knife crime amongst some black teenagers, make many residents scared to venture on the packed streets of Notting Hill during Carnival. Ethnic food stalls with their strange smells are also not to everyone’s liking.

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A muggers’/steamers’ paradise

The residents have no means of escape, unless they manage to get away for the whole weekend. Buses are diverted away from the area, and local Tube stations are closed because of the crowds. Therefore there is no public transport in the area for much of the weekend, and what little there is becomes uncomfortably overcrowded with revelers and sightseers.

It is now high time the authorities and police took matters in their own hands and told the Carnival Committee that after 2008 there can be no more Carnivals in and around the back streets of Notting Hill. Carnival has outgrown this environment, it must now be moved to an open space such as nearby Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens.

The link with Notting Hill could be preserved by starting the Carnival Parade at Notting Hill Gate, proceeding along Bayswater Road, then across Kensington Gardens via The Broad Walk. The route could then be along Kensington Gore and into the two parks again, along the South Carriageway, up Park Lane, back into the parks via the North Carriageway, over the Serpentine Bridge, and back along Kensington Gore, The Broad Walk to Bayswater Road and dispersing at Notting Hill Gate again.

This would make far more space for people to view the Carnival. Stands could even be erected in Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens to give people a better view. There is also plenty of space in the two parks for food stalls, PA equipment, etc. with no residents to worry about.

Whenever it has been suggested moving the Carnival before, the Carnival Committee has resisted these attempts. But residents of Notting Hill also have rights. It is, in any case, no longer a predominantly West Indian ethnic area. Other ethnic communities such as Brazilians, Arabs, Turks, etc. have moved in. Carnival, meanwhile, has ceased to be a Notting Hill event, but a London-wide celebration of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity.

There are other possible routes besides the one thru Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens. For instance the largely resident-free streets of Westminster, such as Whitehall, The Mall, Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane, Marble Arch,  Oxford Street, Regent Street, Haymarket, ending up in Trafalgar Square.  Or the streets of the City of London, narrow but almost deserted over Bank Holiday weekend when all the offices are closed.

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Notting Hill Carnival Parade in The Mall, Queen’s Jubilee 2002

Nobody wants to stop Carnival, but the residential streets of Notting Hill are really not the sort of place for such an event. When I visited the Carnival years ago, back when it was much smaller, I could see virtually nothing. The narrow streets got jammed, which meant the Carnival parade was at a standstill for much of the time. I gave up and went home, having seen virtually nothing. The whole event is total anarchy, as Paraders divert down backstreets off the official route because of the jams.

There are many processions in London, but only the Carnival blocks residential streets for a whole Bank Holiday weekend and makes life a misery for many of the people who live there. It’s time to move on to a more suitable place.

Half A Century On

2008 is, for me, a year of many 50-year anniversaries. 1958 was quite a memorable year for many reasons:

In 1958 the first ‘Ban The Bomb’ March to Aldermaston took place, organized by the Direct Action Committee. CND revisited the Atomic Weapons Establishment this Easter, 50 years on.

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At Aldermaston Easter 2008

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CND itself, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, was also founded 50 years ago in 1958.

The famous ‘Ban The Bomb’ or peace symbol was designed and unveiled to the world by Gerald Holtom in St Pancras Town Hall (now Camden Town Hall) also in 1958.

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Also in 1958 Jerry Lee Lewis came to England for the first of many tours. However this one was aborted after just three London shows because the Press revealed that he was here with his 13-year old wife and cousin, who he’d married before legally divorcing his second wife (who, incidentally, he’d married before his divorce from his first wife was absolute. These things didn’t matter so much in the American Deep South.)

Jerry Lee fans re-visited the London hotel that weekend 50 years later, met up in a nearby pub, and there was a gig by Jerry’s sister Linda Gail Lewis in North London also that weekend.

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Jerry Lee at Westbury Hotel, London 1958, and (center) fans outside in 2008

 

50 years on, in October 2008, Jerry Lee Lewis will once again play two shows in London, at the age of 73. There have been many successful British tours in between. 

On a more personal note, in 1958 I left school at the age of 13 and went to college, and my mother took the opportunity to change our surname from Papadopoulos, which nobody in those days could either spell or pronounce, to Papard. We have been known as Papard ever since.

So I left Bounds Green Secondary Modern school in 1958, another 50 year anniversary, and went to Tottenham Technical College. There was a school reunion recently, and I met former classmates for the first time in 50 years.

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With former classmates from Bounds Green Junior and Senior schools

1958 was for me a year of no less than four operations, so I spent much of that year in hospital. As a result of  two of those operations puberty was brought about, so this year was the 50th anniversary of my sexual awakening. Also, of course, 50 years since I first realized I was ‘gay’, though it was another 9, long lonely years before I had my first sexual experience of any kind at the ripe old age of 22. Homosexuality was still illegal and so completely ‘underground’ in those intervening years, so for naive teenagers it was not easy to find other gay men or break into that secret, illicit gay world.

Fifty years ago I also learnt, from my best friend Michael who died in a road accident two years later, that a girl in my class I was getting quite fond of (this was before I had reached sexual maturity, so the feelings weren’t yet sexual) had died in the Asian Flu epidemic. I learnt this after returning to school after my first, lengthy hospitalization that year.

So many anniversaries, some good, some sad, some mixed.

Stalin would have broken out of the Mausoleum!

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‘International’   &     V. I. Lenin

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Seventeen years after the Soviet Union started breaking up, we are still feeling the after-effects. The greatest tragedy of the latter half of the 20th Century was the break-up of this mighty superpower, which had such tremendous potential. Whatever its faults, it was a counter-balance to U.S. and Western imperialism, and the Socialist countries gave a lot of aid to Third World countries, now having to go cap-in-hand to institutions like the IMF and World Bank which saddle them with huge debts. The break-up of the USSR resulted in wars and violence which are still continuing. 

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The latest flare-up is in South Ossetia, a province of the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia where a lot of ethnic Russians live. Another Georgian province in the north west of that country also has a lot of ethnic Russians living there, as do many other former Soviet Socialist Republics, including the three Baltic States which started the break-up of the Soviet Union.

I have one immediate reaction when I see these wars and violence on the news: they should have all stayed in the Soviet Union, including the three Baltic republics which started the rot! The same for the former Yugoslav republics, who went thru even more terrible wars and genocides. It saddens me that peoples bound together by Socialism for so many decades have learnt nothing, and now apparently hate each other.

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J. V. Stalin, son of Georgia

Joseph Stalin must be turning in his Red Square grave to see the violence tearing apart Georgia. The fighting has reached very near Gori, the Georgian city just outside South Ossetia which was Stalin’s birthplace. It is tempting to say, were he still in the Lenin/Stalin Mausoleum, he would rise out of his glass coffin and knock their silly heads together. That his home republic of Georgia would want to break away from the Soviet Union would have been unthinkable in his day – Georgian separatists would have been promptly dispatched to the Siberian saltmines!

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Flag of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia

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Lenin/Stalin Mausoleum, as was

Czechoslovakia split into two separate states for no good reason, whilst on the other hand the German Democratic Republic allowed itself to be swallowed up whole and raped and plundered by the Federal Republic of (West) Germany. I’m all for reunification, but why couldn’t the GDR have expanded Westwards to include all of Germany? There would then have been no need for the Berlin Wall or the border installations between East and West.

Just the rantings of a crazy old Stalinist, you are saying, and yes you are maybe right. I was a Stalinist once. But now I’m just an old Socialist who knows there were grave faults with the USSR and the Socialist countries, but who believes they also achieved a great deal for their people. Not least of these was friendship between the different ethnic groups which made up the vast Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia.

Yes, of course Stalin was a monster, and the corruption which ultimately destroyed the Soviet Union had already set in even before he came to power. But Socialism is the only way forward for the world, capitalism is unstable and can only survive by constant wars to boost its stop-go economy. By injecting vast sums of public money into the arms industries, in wartime the capitalist countries manage to kick-start their failing economies again, until the next slump.

I have stated elsewhere on this site, and my previous one (see link to The Unorthodox Website) how Socialism could have been reformed and made more democratic in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the other Socialist countries. They could have become genuine multi-party democracies under Socialist Constitutions, and could have promoted healthy competition in a Socialist Market Economy by adopting Yugoslav-style worker and consumer cooperatives.

As it is, the Soviet and other peoples of the former Socialist countries have lost all the security Socialism gave them – full employment, good education, good health services, subsidized social housing, a guaranteed pension in old age, etc. – and they now have to face the horrors of capitalist instability and the constant threat of ethnic wars and violence.

It seems to me they’ve thrown away everything that was good about the old system, and kept everything that was bad – the corruption, the same old politicans and bureaucrats, the same old ruling classes.

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Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx

I hope one day they’ll all come to their senses, and along with the rest of the world, we’ll start marching forward again along the road Marx and Engels mapped out, towards the inevitable next stage of humankind’s evolution – worldwide Socialism and peace, and optimistically in maybe hundreds of years from now if society is mature enough, the self-governing society of Communism.

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I am not sure if the last utopian stage of society’s evolution is ever possible, but Socialism certainly is. Yugoslavia proved it, and it worked pretty well until ethnic rivalries tore that federation apart.

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As for the old GDR, I still miss it despite its faults. The first Socialist state on German soil is sorely missed, and along with some other Eastern European countries, it already had the basis of a genuine multi-party democracy in the coalition parties which made up its National Front government in the Volkskammer – People’s Parliament.

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The people of Gori, of Georgia, so proud of Joseph Stalin for his positive achievements (and there were many, but at a terrible price) in making the Soviet Union into a mighty superpower, should surely be clamoring to re-establish a new Socialist super-federation, albeit a more democratic one than the old Soviet model.

As with all progress, we learn from the mistakes of the past and build on them. But to tear down all that Lenin and Stalin built, and return to warring mini-states is crazy.

Georgia and the other former Soviet States and former Socialist countries should quit their attempts to join the U.S. dominated NATO alliance, which is an aggressive, outdated imperialist organization which should have been scrapped along with the Warsaw Pact decades ago. Can’t the Georgians and others see that encircling Russia with hostile NATO states is part of the U.S. plan to tear apart its next objective, the Russian Federation itself?

As they gaze at the statues and birthplace of Joseph Stalin in Gori, let the Georgian people remember that, whatever his crimes, he for nearly 30 years led the Soviet peoples, held them together and raised them from a backward nation of peasants to a mighty superpower.

The Soviet Union is no more, destroyed in a moment of madness that swept the world, but the march of history is inevitable. It must be re-established in a new format, learning from the mistakes of the past. Georgians can solve the problems in their republic by rejecting NATO and forging a new close alliance with the Russian Federation, with a view to establishing a democratic multi-party Socialist successor to the Soviet Union.

The peoples of Eastern, Central and indeed Western Europe may one day wish to join them if successful democratic Socialism can be established, sweeping away the corrupt ruling cliques. A federation of Socialist states, ever voluntarily expanding like the EU as more states clamor to join. Perhaps one day a democratic Socialist Union encompassing the entire world, marching forward to the ultimate goal of Communism?

Is this just the last dream of an old man gone finally mad? If so, perhaps it couldn’t be any madder than the world I see around me in my old age!

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Stalin stautes in Gori, Georgia (his birthplace)

 

Messages from Beyond and The 21st Century Einstein?

 

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Ronald Pearson – correcting Einstein?

There’s an old cliche that nobody’s ever come back from the dead to tell us what it’s like. Many people still believe this, though it is far from being true. It happens all the time, in many forms. Apart from people resuscitated after near-death experiences, then accurately reporting incidents which happened when their vital functions had ceased, there are numerous direct voice messages via mediums and electronic equipment, full and partial materializations via physical mediums, messages received by mediums clairvoyantly or clairaudiently (by seeing and/or hearing the deceased) and relayed to friends and relatives, and messages/apparitions, etc. which come direct to friends and loved ones.

I’m not going into great detail here, as I have done this elsewhere on this site and my earlier one (see link to The Unorthodox Website), but I have had remarkable post-humous contacts from many people I have known who have died, some direct and some via mediums. These people include my life-partner, my father, my grandmother and others.

A friend, who joked to an old man he was carer for that nobody had ever rung him from the other side, received three messages on his mobile phone around the time the man died in hospital. The messages were about missed calls from the home phone of the man who had died. But he had been in hospital for weeks, and his home phone had been cut off. Nobody else was living in the empty flat. The three missed call messages read ‘Reg calling…, Reg calling…., Reg calling….. All this a few months after his carer had told Reg nobody had ever rung him from the Other Side.

My partner George materialized briefly in a hotel room in Hawaii where a friend of ours was staying – we had holidayed in Hawaii once, but I don’t know if this is significant.

Other friends have felt, heard or seen George since he died, in various places.

So the ‘Diana’ posthumous interviews on the Internet, and even accounts of full materializations which have been occurring for well over 100 years, do not seem so fantastic and incredible to me.

There are other dimensions, alternative universes or cosmic wavelengths, existing next to ours and interpenetrating it. All mediums do is tune in to the vibrations or wavelength, something our scientific instruments should be able to do very shortly.

Experiments are continuing, with considerable success, but the evidence is ignored by so many because the implications are enormous: all the major religions and modern scientific theories would be proved wrong or flawed, and rocked to their very foundations.

Everything is essentially positive or negative energy, and matter is really an illusion. We already know from sub-atomic physics that solid matter is an illusion. But now a scientist is suggesting consciousness is essentially energy, which creates the illusion of matter, including our world and our own physical bodies. It is as though we are all creating, and acting out, a play – truly the whole world, the whole universe, is a stage!

Ronald Pearson, a Derbyshire scientist, has published new theories/mathematical formulae which may well make him the Einstein of the 21st Century. They correct the flaws in some of Einstein’s theories, including the Theory of Relativity, and reinstate the concept of something similar to the ether, which Pearson calls i-ther to distinguish it from the earlier theory. They also postulate the origin of consciousness as being outside the brain, and can explain where the after-life dimension is located.

Pearson’s work, together with Quantum Physics, take us into an exciting new era of science where many things once thought impossible, are now seen to be perfectly possible, and indeed likely.

Open your minds, people! There are many cosmic wavelengths, if not universes,  out there. We are moving out of the era akin to one-channel TV, like we had in the UK in the early 1950s (BBC only). We learned to tune in to other channels, and we are now learning to tune into other cosmic wavelengths, which some prefer to describe as alternative universes, other dimensions, the spiritual planes, or higher/lower vibrations.

The over 90% of matter the old-school scientists couldn’t find in the Universe has been discovered by Pearson and Quantum physicists in the form of the i-ther and alternative dimensions/universes, or perhaps more accurately, other wavelengths of the Universe.

It may be splitting hairs to argue about whether there are just many different cosmic wavelengths within a single Universe, or many different universes/dimensions. The fact is there are many apparent realities, and probably all are largely an illusion created by conscious energy or the i-ther.

A summary of Ronald Pearson’s theories can be found here: http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/rdp/s_macq/summary-macq.html

School Reunion

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We had a school reunion on Saturday. It was exactly 50 years since I left Bounds Green Secondary Modern school in July 1958 at the age of 13. I started at Tottenham Technical College for my last three years schooling in September of that year.

There was a reasonably good turn-out of pupils who were at the school during the 1950s and early 1960s. It would have been nice if a few more had been traced and were able to attend.

As it was I met three people from classes I had been in at Bounds Green Senior or Junior schools – Christine, Trixie and Beryl (picture below), oh I think Jennifer too was in one of my classes (picture at end of this blog, Jennifer is on the extreme left.)

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Trouble is I have a shocking memory for names and faces and could only remember Beryl, but apparently I stuck in people’s memory. I did have the advantage at the time of having a very unusual surname – Papadopoulos. Not so unusual now, but my brother and I were two of the first pupils with Greek-Cypriot names in the school, and it caused no end of problems. Teachers couldn’t pronounce it, let alone spell it. Kids would tease us about it. My mother was then separated from my father, so when I went to Tottenham Technical College she changed the surname to Papard, which we have used ever since.

However Nigel Bradshaw, in my class at Bounds Green, was also in my class at Tottenham, and wanted to know why I’d changed my surname.

It would have been nice if Nigel and some of the other boys I remembered from Bounds Green could have been traced and turned up. Many of them are on Friends Reunited so can be contacted, including Nigel, Michael Rubbert, Bryan King as I have in the past exchanged emails with them. Also with some of the other girls from my class including Margaret Boone, Pat Duffy, and Delyth Morris who sadly died soon after we met up in Victoria after contacting each other thru Friends Reunited.

I also had the address of the mother of one of my best friends at school, Peter Wiseman. He was invited to my Retirement Party last year, but couldn’t make it as he was away on holiday. It would have been great to meet up with him again at the School Reunion, and with my other best friend David Pritchard, if he’s still alive and living in the UK. My other best friend, Michael Zacek, tragically died on my 15th birthday after being hit by a car. Another pupil, Pauline Berrycloth, who I was quite fond of but I don’t think ever got round to speaking to and making friends with, died in the Asian Flu epidemic of 1957/1958.

But on Saturday it was nice to meet with ex-pupils, and one ex-teacher, and talk about the school, the teachers, other pupils, etc. Many photos were taken, and it was interesting to hear what had happened to various people in the intervening 50 years since I left the school.

I do wonder, though, why more women than men seem interested in these kind of reunions.

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