Empty Words

Empty Words

Looking for loopholes,

                False promises,

                                Empty words.

We are watching you.

The young will not forgive.

                They will write your history.

Their words will be as harsh as the weather.

We are watching you.

Not enough wood for the pyres.

                Not enough oxygen for the lungs.

Not enough understanding of the need.

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

Opher 23.4.2021

The politicians lie about the way they love and cherish the environment when all the time the only things they are cherishing is power and the size of their bank deposits!!

All over the world nature is threatened.

It’s time everyone came together to put a stop to this massacre!!

We are watching you!!

History will remember who it was who raped the planet!

Poetry – Here Lies Lies

Here Lies Lies

Here lies lies,

                Sacrificed on the altar of spin.

Here lies truth,

                Lost in the propaganda within.

Casualties of war

                As each side seeks to assert

Broadcasting lies

                To win in a world of hurt.

We’re all victims

                In the morass of untruth.

Believing lies

                We accept without proof.

All’s fair

                In love, politics and war.

Deceiving us

                As they break every law.

Here lies truth!

                Here lies lies!

Buried with the dead!

Opher – 7.4.2022

How can anybody believe what they are told? The truth is always manipulated. One has to read between the lies to see if we cannot glimpse the truth below.

We live in a world of spin, fake news and propaganda. All sides do it. They call it politics. It’s a world of lies.

The first casualty of war is the truth.

The media always has a political bias. Nothing is ever completely true.

NATO and the Ukraine appear whiter than white. They aren’t. NATO went back on promises and was after moving up to the borders of Russia. We would then have nuclear missiles close to Moscow. Were the missiles a threat? Were they a deterrent? Was it defensive or offensive?

Depends which side of the fence you sit.

Ukraine does have a number of extreme right groups who could be described as neo-Nazis. There is evident racism. But then there is in most European countries – look at the fascist Oban in Austria and Trump in America.

Can anything justify war? I don’t think so. Putin is a barbaric animal who needs trying for war crimes – not just here but in Chechnya, Grozny and Aleppo. Then we have war crimes committed by the USA and UK in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have the warmongering Iranians, Saudi Arabians, not to forget Bashir and the bastions of terrorism.

All war criminals should be tried.

Beware the black and white.

Unfortunately this distrust of politicians and the media has led to the propagation of conspiracy on the web. People are even more susceptible to the stupid propaganda flung out on the web. It’s worse than the media bias.

Hence we end up with lying Trump, lying Johnson, lying Bolsonaro and lying Oban. The whole populist movement is based on fake news and conspiracy. Lying is their trade.

But always, the first casualty of war is the truth.

Poetry – The First Victim of War

The First Victim of War

We’re listening to the news

                To find what we have in store.

Always a sanitised version;

                Truth is the first victim of war.

We’re told the casualty numbers

                So that we can keep the score.

We know that we can’t trust them;

                Truth is the first victim of war.

The rich are making more money

                Sanctions only hit the poor.

This is carefully hidden up;

                Truth is the first victim of war.

The sight of those broken victims

                Touches us to the core

But how much is propaganda?

                Truth is the first victim of war.

Opher – 15.3.2022

We know we’re being manipulated but that doesn’t help much. You merely select the lies you prefer to believe.

The mainstream media has its agenda and that online shit is probably worse. Our cynicism is preyed on as conspiracy is mixed with fact.

Populist leaders lie through their teeth all the way to the bank.

Wealthy individuals buy the politicians and policies they want.

When there’s a war there is propaganda.

Better the devil you know.

I hope we won’t be fooled again.

Democracy – is it achievable?

For there to be a true democracy a number of factors have to be achieved:

a. We have to have a good choice of candidates.

b. We have to be informed.

c. There should be no bias.

d. Everybody has to have a vote.

e. Every vote should count.

f. Those elected need to be accountable.

What we have is a sham democracy. We have a two-party system of supposedly representational democracy. We have a binary vote. With our one vote we are presumed to support the entire agenda of the political parties manifesto. The whole system is corrupt. It is run by money and power. We are being manipulated, brainwashed and lied to.

a. We never have a good choice of candidates. It’s a two-horse race. The political parties have vested interests. Good candidates do not get selected. We have a limited choice between the lesser of two evils. Without huge financial backing no other candidate stands a chance. The media provides the exposure required. The media has to be bought. The media backs who they are told to back. Propaganda rules.

b. With a biased media run by the establishment no election is fair. Antiestablishment candidates or parties are tarnished, lied about and misrepresented. They have no chance. He who controls the media controls the people. We are never properly informed on issues, candidates or parties. Our electorate is politically uneducated.

c. The media is biased. The internet is worst of all. We are fed lies. We are misinformed. Those squealing fake news are the biggest liars.

d. Everyone has a vote. That is a weakness. The stupid, ignorant and most gullible have the same vote as the intelligent, informed and discerning. The stupid, ignorant and most gullible are a majority. This makes it possible for cynical politicians to lie, cheat, promise and blatantly fool the electorate.

e. My vote has never counted. I have always lived in an area that is strongly for one party or another. The only votes that really count are those in swing seats – a small minority. Until we move to proportional representation most votes count for nothing.

f. They are never accountable. They lie, spin and refuse to answer questions. They look for scapegoats and refuse to take the blame for their sleaze, corruption or mistakes. The Tories refuse to appear on any programme that would ask awkward questions or hold them to account.

This is a sham democracy. It fails on all counts.

It needs changing.

It could be made to work – but it is not in the interests of our ‘masters’ to have a functional democracy. They are happy with it as it is!!

The Forthcoming Graywash!!

Sue Gray, appointed by Boris Johnson, will report to Boris Johnson. Boris Johnson will decide if he has done anything wrong. Boris Johnson will exonerate himself. A few civil servants will be thrown to the wolves. Investigation done. The innocent man was victimised. There were no boozy parties. Johnson presided over work meetings in his garden (complete with booze, games and nibble), no laws broken, no rules bent.

They will try to put out the flames.

The liar will exonerate the liar by lying.

Poetry – Gullibility of the No-Dealers

Gullibility of the No-Dealers

We don’t need no NHS

Sell it to the Yanks.

We don’t need no industry

Give it to the banks.

We don’t need fresh chickens –

Chlorine is good.

We don’t need no fairness

Save that for Robin Hood.

We don’t need no immigrants

They really have no merit.

They might make us lots of money

But we have Dunkirk spirit!

We are British through and through

We’ve no need for the others.

They should all stay where they are

We are not their brothers.

We’ll sell our souls to the world

We’re going to make a killing.

We’ll sell at a cut-rate price

And make a merry shilling.

We don’t need no EU!

What have they done for us?

We’re better off on our own

Not on that Euro bus!

We can take eggs out of omelettes

We think it will be easy.

Survived the blitz didn’t we?

It’ll all be fine and breezy!

We like zero hours contracts

And the joys of austerity!

We don’t care about our pensions

In this land of the free.

We’ll guard our own borders

And are guardians of our fate.

The elite can control us.

It’ll all be bloody great!

We’re pawns being pushed around

On this board of life.

Our souls are owned by them

With their secret tendrils rife.

We’re out on our own now.

It’s great in isolation.

We’re far better off alone

Who needs collaboration?

Honda, Ford and British Steel

Have shut down for good.

And Dyson and the bankers

Have fled our neighbourhood.

We don’t need jobs in this free land

There’s no need to be skittish.

We’re all stiff upper lip

Because we are all British!

Besides, the ones who really matter

Have their money safe elsewhere.

We don’t need to worry

They’ll still get more than their share!

It’s because of the floods of Muslims

Taking all our jobs and more.

Hordes from the East

With their veils, mosques and sharia law.

We think we’ve got it in proportion

All this dread and fear.

We know the threat is real

The implications are quite clear.

So we believe everything from Farage,

Tommy Robinson is right!

We love Rees-Mogg and Boris

Because they are all white!

We want to take back our nation

And build walls so high.

We’ll make our own laws

And never wonder why.

Who cares if it makes us poorer?

Who cares if the rich get richer?

Who cares if Britain loses power?

For we see the bigger picture!

Opher 7.6.2019

I despair when I hear stupid people talking about just leaving. As if one can just end decades of collaboration and walk away without any problems; as if it’s easy.

They are ignorant of the difficulties of extricating ourselves from the close unions and joint ventures.

You can walk out of a marriage and then the solicitors move in on the divorce and you find it costs an arm and a leg and life is twice as hard. And a divorce is a doddle compared to this.

One only has to look at the car or aero industries where components are manufactured in different countries and assembled. No wonder they are all pulling out of Britain.

After the war various institutions were set up in order to prevent another horrendous conflict – NATO, the UN and then the EU. All promoting talk, collaboration and peaceful ways of trading and solving problems. All based on working together and reducing tensions.

Yes they are gravy trains. Yes there is corruption. Yes they cost a lot. Yes there is a heavy-handed control. Yes there are undemocratic aspects. But isn’t that a small price to pay?

How much did the Second World War cost? It cost us an Empire. It broke the country.

I’m sick of all this Dunkirk spirit and ‘we survived the Blitz’. There was no choice. We did what we had to do – just like they are doing in Syria right now.

Before the EU life was hard. We were poor. People forget. Life wasn’t good. No Irish, No Blacks. Fascists on the streets, boot boys, skinheads, paki bashers, bomb sites and prefabs. Irish terrorism, poor food, two favours of ice-cream and black and white telly. We couldn’t afford a phone.

Yeah – we’ll be alright on our own!!

Political Spin – This is Funny!

Thanks Graham for sending it through! Dominic Cummings and Trump would have been proud!!

No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things. 

Judy Rudd, an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889.

Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor. 

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Jail. 

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 

‘Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Jail 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times. 

Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.’ 

So Judy recently e-mailed ex-Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd. 

Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd’s staff sent back the following for her genealogy research: 

“Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s.

His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne-Geelong Railroad… 

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. 

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force.

In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.” 

NOW That’s how it’s done, Folks!


Are our Government and the BBC Corrupt??

Now that the BBC has been loaded with Tories has it become a propaganda machine for the Tory party?

Do it’s reporters adequately question government policy and put politicians on the spot?

Do they merely mouth the political lines they are being fed?