Fella lives in tree…Mum hates on Nicola Sturgeon?!?


We’ve currently got an Englishman living up a tree to save his land from extreme energy and my dear old Mum’s got her hate on for our kid Nicola Sturgeon and both of those things need to stop right now!!!

Being part Jute upon a recent trip down South to my Southern heimat I found my sweet hearted Ma bad mouthing the female Ghandi of our time, Nicola Sturgeon?!?

Here’s what’s happened.

My Pops is an ex Shop Steward. He was left wing. He always bought the Mirror and the Mail to get a balanced view. A while back, for whatever reason, he stopped buying the Mirror, he’s in his mid 70’s now and perhaps it’s right what they say about “the older you get the more right wing you become”. So the old fella has had nothing but reading the Mail for a few years now. Factor in also that my folks are of that generation who believe that the BBC is some form of sanctified distributor of truth and you have what’s been happening to millions of my fellow Engerlanders. They really have done the full job on these people and I think that it’s important that our Scottish brothers and sisters understand that. I know that you ken anyway because you obviously had the whole BBC/msm “Project Fear” experience and are fully wise to the corruption of it all but it’s so vitally important that we properly address this idiotic nose lead mind set and challenge the crap out of it. If I use that experience with my folks as a litmus test I think that we’ve got our work cut out but descending into any more cross border fear and loathing nonsense isn’t an option. Anyone with even a brief understanding of the violent past relationship between England and Scotland would stow that idiocy immediately but we live in times of a beast in its death throes and it’ll spit poison and take down whoever it can with it.

Now the good news. Many many English have been through a 5 year boot camp with these Tory weirdos. There are a MULTITUDE of battling grassroots organisations all over the place.

This brings me back to our lad up a tree.

We’ve fought fracking to a virtual standstill in England and have been doing for a number of years now. Frack Free Lancashire is one of the most successful grassroots organisations that the North West has probably seen since the days of The Chartists or Suffragettes and organisations like Frack Free Ryedale and Frack Free Nottinghamshire are just about to come into their own. We’ve always opposed fracking because, well, it’s really crap..but we’ve always also championed a better way and most importantly loads of English young’ins are involved in what is essentially family based community resistance so the future’s very bright.


Frack Free Notts this past weekend

There are indeed many of my fellow English that will swallow any old bilge, there always will be in any land, and we haven’t had the two years intense political engagement that Scots have had but what we lack in over arching political organisation we make up for in young ballsy getting stuck in opposition to things that are patently wrong. Combine Scottish grassroots organisation with English community action networks and that’d be quite the brew.

In the meantime we’ve got Gary living up a tree at a site where the frackers iGas want to drill for coal bed methane..a handful of metres from the sacred River Mersey and a few hundred yards from Chris Packham’s fave Nature Reserve, Woolston Eyes. Our Gary’s not having that, or at least he’s not having that until he’s gained more local awareness of what’s happening at Warrington or laid a couple of eggs in his tree nest. Gary doesn’t want to live in a tree, he’s not a bird, he’s got a perfectly nice home just down the road that doesn’t sway like HMS Victory’s mast in a gale. He doesn’t want camera crews filming him with food being hoisted up to him, he’s not some form of weird human addition to Springwatch, although he wouldn’t turn down a visit from Michaela Strachan. What Gary wants to do is to be able to tell his story…to anyone that will listen…he’s up a tree…there’s not a lot on up there….

This story will be subject to the usual national hush hush main stream media blackout that we’ve always had with the nationally significant process called fracking but we’ve got our own media now haven’t we……

DM @MancunianSpring on Twitter for a chinwag with our lad up a tree…he’s given us his phone number hehe #SaveWoolstonEyes

Author: Manciavelli

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I did sit my folks down and over a 3 hour period put them right on Nicola and how the Scots don’t really want to fashion cabers out of Westminster Hall woodwork and toss them around Parliament Green..just yet 🙂


The best election result that a free North could wish for

I’ve taken this long to comment upon the election because I’ve just gotten up off the floor from that baseball bat in the nads of an exit poll. That exit poll moment felt akin to going downstairs on Christmas morning to find David Cameron in a Santa outfit taking a leak all over your presents.

Any devastation felt from a virtual annihilation of the “left” in Westminster was soon tempered by an election result that can only be described as a wet dream for anybody whose aspirations are for an autonomous North of England.

There will most likely never be another election that greater highlights the tricolour land that we live in with a blue Tory South, a red Labour North and a yellow “Nationalist” Scotland. The Scots are now virtually in open revolt following the perpetual grinding existence of living under an administrative flavour that they not only dislike but positively loath. Substitute Scotland with England above the Humber/Mersey line and the story is not that different. The North routinely votes left and gets saddled with right and all of the shocking North/South disparities in mortality rates, infrastructure spending etc apply just as much to the North as they do to Scotland, in fact the North of England has way more in common with Scotland that it’s ever had with the South.

There will also probably never be another election that greater highlights how thoroughly broken our electoral system is. It MUST be broken when I’m feeling sorry for millions of right wing swivel eyed UKIP loons who are now only represented by one single solitary steaming throwback. At least our system is fairly bollocks with over 1 million people who are actually concerned about the Planet that we live on being represented by a single solitary really nice Lady in Brighton. The fact of the matter is that our “democracy” has never been shown to be more unbalanced and more unrepresentative since the days of the “Rotten Boroughs” when an uninhabited hill in Wiltshire was represented by two MP’s, one of them a Donkey called Cyril.

So where do we go from here? To freedom is where we go, dragged by the short and curlies by the Scots.

My Grandfather used to tell me about the Scots when he was fighting the Afrika Corps in North Africa. He said that when he heard the bagpipes of the 51st Highland Division drifting across the desert it was nothing short of feeling that the Spartans had turned up and it used to lift the hearts of every man around him. Isn’t it just truly beautiful that those bagpipes are sounding again, but this time for peace, freedom and true democracy.

Many of my fellow Engerlanders seem to be horrendously tone deaf though buying into the corrupted main stream media’s fumbling and laughable interpretation of what exactly the SNP is. There’s only one group of people on this Planet who know exactly what the SNP is and that’s the Scots. The main stream media has an awful lot of trouble dealing with people who are politically aware. How on Earth can they ever cope with an entire nation of folk who have been on a two year intensive political awareness course. The simple answer is that they can’t. Every single msm interpretation of the SNP is met with howls of laughter and derision from the glens. The Scots are the establishment’s worst nightmare, switched on, savvy, super pissed off and with the scent of blood in their nostrils. They’ve even created a whole new kind of “Nationalism” which is confusing the establishment even more, it’s even lead to me put the word in inverted commas as I’m not entirely sure myself but it would appear that the Scots have finally cracked it as only the Scots could. They’ve perfected a “Civic Nationalism” of deep community pride with self effacement and pragmatism which is probably the most perfectly British version of “Nationalism” that says “I’m Scots and I’m dead proud of that but that doesn’t mean that I think that I’m superior to any other beggar”. The clean bill of health that this version of “Nationalism” has been given is reflected in diehard Socialists like Tommy Sheridan signing up to the SNP project and I swear that if Jimmy Reid was alive this past Friday morning he’d have cried his one World Socialist heart out in joy.

It’s not surprising that the msm are clueless about the Scottish Revolution but I ask for patience (which we generally get) from my Scottish brothers and sisters when it comes to my fellow English. When it comes to political awareness we’re now 2 years behind you. If we were more politically advanced here’s what would happen post the SNP 56.

Northern England secessionists would be thoroughly organised with a background of hundreds of grassroots meetings. Following the defeat of fracking in the North (had to fit that in) those Northern secessionists would now be organising a sit down with key SNP members. That meeting would probably be held in Berwick, a place that not only confirms our common geographical bonds but also reminds us of a much darker past when Tory/English shit stirring had us doing horrendous and unforgivable things to each other along the border and beyond that can never ever happen again. At that meeting the Scots and the folk of the North would be figuring out how we could go it alone together. How a free nation of Scotland could perhaps loosely federate with a free Northumbria to provide a beacon of social justice that would be an example to the entire World. How we could finally replace the industrial revolution with a social justice revolution and instead of us feeling slightly guilty for providing the ultimate Planet trashing Capitalist tools that folk slaved and died under, we could feel proud for establishing a system that truly is the “Mother of all democracies”.

Sadly we don’t currently have the Northern secessionist Statesmen and Women that we need but it’s vitally important to move quickly in reaching out to the Scots. My own personal preference would be the holding of a Northern Peoples Constitutional Congress over a period of a few months in a Northern City or perhaps a “road show” basis after all, since the Scots killed the Union this is something that the entire UK is going to have to do at some point anyway. The most important thing is that we don’t fall for the establishment’s attempts to stir up hatred between the Scottish and English which we’ve all just had a sickening taste of in the election run up. The good news is that the Scots see straight through such poison and now have a flourishing independent media scene to expose the msm lies and attempted stitch ups perfectly exampled by the #FrenchGate smear attempt on Nicola Sturgeon that was released in the morning, discredited in the afternoon and backtracked from by the very same evening. Once again though we just don’t have that kind of organisation and cohesion in England and it’s been sadly noticeable that many ill informed English have been buying into the Scottish hate and we must all do everything that we can to build closer ties with the Scottish people rather than fall foul of the establishments shoddy attempts at “divide and rule”. Sadly these people don’t seem to know their British history or are paying scant regard to just how dangerous that is and that’s why we must fight it with all of our worth.

If we can avoid the “divide and rule” what we’re left with is a remarkable opportunity for the North of England that completely transcends any despair felt from a horrendous election result for the left and social progressives. We have a chance to completely renegotiate our relationship with a thoroughly broken Westminster, reshape our failed democracy and therein lies the real revolution.

Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton

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#TakeUsWithYouScotland petition receives thousands of signatures…

…and this just in from a Manchester Evening News piece about the petition…

Fantastic news..they’re going to frack us?!

Within the space of a week people in the North West have found out that they’re going to be saddled with a Mayor that they voted against and that they now face the possibility that somebody could pitch up with a fracking rig at the bottom of their garden, frack under their house without so much as a “by your leave” and turn their otherwise idyllic neighbourhood into a toxic fume belching lorry filled industrial zone. You could say that’s not a brilliant week for North West democracy but when you also consider how routinely banned fracking is around the World due to its dangers to human health perhaps you have to get past questions of democratic process and ask the question..are our elected leaders really trying to harm us?!?

The scientific approach to assessing the safety of fracking is obvious and we’ve just had a perfect example of that with New York. Over a two year period you order your State Department of Health to conduct the most extensive investigation into fracking ever conducted. You find out the obvious that the practice is highly harmful to human health and you ban the dodgy nonsense. Then there’s the pragmatic Celtic approach taken by EVERY NATION SURROUNDING US where sensible pragmatic Celts have decided to progress no further with the abhorrent fracking process until, like the Jimmy Saville of the fossil fuel industry, all of its dirty little secrets come out in the veritable tsunami of peer reviewed bad news that will soon be gushing out of the States like a blown well head.

Competence is not something that we expect from our politicians. Hypocrisy, expenses fiddling and endless pointless wars yes but not competence. If they were in anyway competent they’d have had Lancashire fracked in the mid noughties and they’d be bowling around in Stetsons by now and we would never have had the “canary in the mine” that the poor suffering fracked communities of America have been..sometimes, like the botched Syria war vote, you have to be thankful that our politicians are so pants.

Incompetence we can deal with but this is a whole new level. A level where the precautionary principle is not only being ignored, its driven out to somewhere dark and shot in the head.

Its not even as if its just a matter of the likely outcomes of suddenly moving families into industrial parks…the future harm is obvious but its in the “log book” of the fracking industry that the horrors lay. Would there ever be even the most remote possibility of an American automobile manufacturing company selling cars into the UK market if those cars had any hint of a problem that could in anyway be detrimental to the health of their owners let alone banned in certain States? Yet our politicians will happily place fracking rigs next to our schools when the original pink slip owners of the industry in Denton Texas fought tooth and nail to have it banished from their community and anywhere near their loved ones.

Of course all of this is absolutely splendid news. There’s never been a better example of how thoroughly broken our “democracy” is than distant and corrupt Westminster elites railroading through legislation to enforce a highly dangerous process that only a tiny percentage of the British people would countenance and many throughout these isles are battling to have banned. Short of the Germans wanting to march Panzer armies down Whitehall you’d be hard pressed to come up with a bigger example of a recent entity attempting to harm the British people and land so if this doesn’t drive us all right down enough is enough boulevard you have to wonder what will.

Somewhat fortunately and just in the nick of time we’re saved..and by the break up of the United Kingdom no less.

Many English folk will be surprised by this conclusion but as a Scottish friend said, “you English don’t seem to be getting the hint that the relationship is over..what are you doing still lurking about in the front yard and following us down the shops?” We also concluded that it would be morally repugnant to force a few million neighbours to continue a relationship that they considered as utterly broken with the various parties poles apart on so many issues. The Scots don’t want endless wars, an ever creeping police state, fracking and nuclear bombs parked just outside of their cities and sooner or later the Scots are taking the high road, even if its just on the basis of demographics and rapidly dying older Unionists. The Scottish referendum vote shouldn’t be viewed as a simple “NO” but rather a not yet.

You don’t have to take my word for it though..you just have to look around you and take special note of those most threatened by the break up of the Union..the political “elites”. And you don’t have to be a political Bergerac to have picked up on the controlled demolition of the Union that the establishment is trying to pull off..devo manc being the prime example. The political elites know full well that UK wide devolution is an unstoppable snowball rolled down a mountain by our Scottish brothers and sisters and the only thing that they can do is to try and cobble together an establishment life raft post haste, hence the steamrolling through of a Mayor for Greater Manchester and not allowing a vote on the matter even though we’ll have polling booths coming out of our ears in 3 months?!?

So here’s the cure to all poisons. A people led devolution. Quite clearly devolution is on the table and its up to us to say that we’re not that impressed with having something that we already voted against imposed upon us and demand a peoples constitutional assembly where we as a people thrash out exactly how we wish to run our democracy for the 21st century. In all likelihood this is soon going to have to happen on a national level anyway but with devo manc on the table folk in the North West have a chance to shape the debate, indeed we have an obligation to do so as the Mayor imposition is being tested in Greater Manchester with a view to it being rolled out nationally. This is where the true “revolution” is. In a people led devolution there’ll be a reboot of our failed political system, social justice, resistance to neo liberal pillage and control over our regions energy and resources policy which will mean…NO FRACKING

Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton

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