Apparently private security guards in London have been given ‘limited policing powers’ as part of a Government scheme to ‘relieve the petty crime burden on forces’. The ‘Community Safety Accreditation Scheme’ (catchy!) is a Home Office initiative which enables police chiefs (cuz we all know how trustworthy they are) to designate targeted police powers to private firms (private and power, a recipe for disaster if ever there was one!).

Under the scheme the security guards are given the power to: Request a name and address for a string of offences including criminal damage, begging and anti-social behaviour; to confiscate alcohol being consumed within a designated public place or by a person under the age of 18 years; confiscate cigarettes from under 16s; and stop cyclists riding on footpaths!

Now your average plod is a fascistic little twat by nature, but they look positively human compared to your average security guard. The job seems to attract every LITTLE HITLER and S.A.S. WANNABE on the planet!

Seriously, when they’re off duty most of them spend their time sitting around in Ex-Army combat fatigues watching re-runs of ‘The A Team’; do we really want to give them the power to HARASS our kids?

And take a look at ‘the firms’ involved… The first bunch of empowered security guards (aka privatised police force) are 15 employees of Ultimate Security Services; a company who have based their logo on, who else?…, the SAS…

Spot the difference?

Who Dares Wins! Eh, Rodders?

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The beautifully named ‘Jasmine Spring’ popular uprisings in the Middle East have inspired people all over the world. One by one people are finding the courage to take a stand against their own corrupt governments. The good news for the all too passive UK is that the wave now seems to be moving northward over Europe. Understandably our media is not so enthusiastic when it comes to reporting uprisings in an EU country, but that’s exactly what’s happening in EU and NATO member state, Croatia.

As France 24 reports:

Every other evening for the past ten days, the streets of Croatia’s capital city Zagreb have been filled with a miscellaneous hodgepodge of several thousand citizens united around a single goal: getting rid of their corrupt government.

See the full France 24 report here.

The Beautiful Idea

March 13, 2011

More often than not we anarchists are portrayed as violent, thuggish, punks who just want to smash everything – the system, capitalism, the state, etc, etc. Sometimes it’s a fair comment – the Brigade look forward to the day when they corner Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and a bunch of assorted royals (except for that Andrew fella, he looks like he can handle himself) in a dark alley with no CCTV 😉 – but this is not the whole story.

Anarchism was once widely known as ‘the beautiful idea’, and for good reason. At it’s core is a general and genuine love of human freedom. As Mikhail Bakunin said in 1870:

We wish, in a word, equality – equality in fact as a corollary, or rather, as primordial condition of liberty. From each according to his faculties, to each according to his needs; that is what we wish sincerely and energetically.

Ok, so it’s not as catchy as ‘Friggin in the Riggin’, but it’s hardly the maxim of an angry, anti-social misfit. The Brigade will always be punk at heart, but we recognise that anarchist ideals should be more widely celebrated, so Warren has decided to accentuate the positive and create a blog dedicated to anarchy as ‘the beautiful idea’.

He’s collecting influential pieces from people who are not always considered anarchist thinkers to show the depth and passion of the anarchist philosophy…

http://thebeautifulidea.wordpress.com/

Cartoon by Christopher Sharrock 

In Doncaster we’re still reeling from the economic (…and actual, thanks largely to the Met and the British army) blows delivered by the last Tory government. Now they’re sticking the boot in with a 8.9% reduction in council funding… this financial year alone!

The Local Government Association has labeled these cuts the “toughest in living memory”.

In some ways we can understand Eric Pickles decision, he’s obviously naïve… what exactly can that fat bastard know about deprivation? Isn’t it about time he deprived himself of a few meals? (PAID FOR USING HIS SECOND HOME EXPENSES NO DOUBT!) But that’s the real problem here; bloated millionaire shit-heads are making decisions that affect a world they have no connection with and know nothing about. Isn’t it time we took control of our own future?..

Things are going to get tough around here. But don’t be fooled into thinking it would have been better under a Labour government. We already had a notoriously crap 1-star council under their rule. In truth the three main political parties in the UK (or should that be 2 now the Lib Dems have shown their true colour?) are following a single minded Neoliberal agenda. The sad truth is that democracy – everywhere – has been appropriated by insatiable corporatism… it’s the same sad anti-poor/anti-planet story the world over regardless of whose supposed to be in the driving seat!

The only real answer is to take back power from the banks and corporations – and their political lackeys. We would like to propose that Doncaster Council becomes the first OCCUPIED COUNCIL in the UK!

That’s right, kick out the government and self-manage – we can hardly do a worse job!

Council workers know their job better than central government. Let’s pull together and build our own completely autonomous local infrastructure. Let’s appropriate all the necessary resources, machinery, knowledge, manpower, etc.  (which we paid for in the first place) and carry on regardless. We can pay the money that we would have paid in taxes to the guys doing the jobs and they, in turn, can spend it locally. Job done.

Ok, we know it’s just a dream – but WHAT a dream! –  and that the people of Donny and their lackluster leaders are all too likely to sit back and watch their services go to shit around them as per usual (COME ON PEOPLE, PROVE US WRONG!) – but if you are incensed enough to have a polite word with the Tory Scum who are attacking our town then leave a comment here…

http://yorkshireconservatives.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/568/#comment-540

Anonymous 1, Amazon 0

December 12, 2010

It appears that internet activists Anonymous have actually succeeded in shutting down a host of European Amazon sites in solidarity with Wikileaks!

 

During the miner’s strike a friends father nearly died after needing surgery to remove half his bowel.  He had been severely beaten by officers from the Metropolitan Police for the ‘crime’ of fighting for his future. When they finished beating him the shit-headed fascists laughed and said “Now you’ve met the MET!”

A quarter of a century later the Met are beating up children who, like the miners and the poll tax protesters before them, are taking a stand to defend their future. As usual the media is lying through it’s teeth, but nowadays we have technology on our side and detailed reports are more easily – and more widely – spread. Here are two which are definitely worth reading…

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2010/12/young-protesters-police

http://jodymcintyre.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/week-76-student-protests-part-three/

The MET are scum. The media are liars. Despite the bullshit about ‘anarchist agitators’ and ‘violent minorities’ ‘hijacking legitimate protest’ the truth is that these are working class children and young adults who are taking a stand because previous generations and the democratic process have failed them. Either join them or get out of the way and let them do what needs to be done!

Justice for Alfie Meadows!

Justice for Ian Tomlinson!

As this Boing Boing article shows there are now over a 1000 Wikileaks mirror sites on the internet. Foreign Policy have also launched the incredibly handy Wikileaked website which breaks-down of all the revelations emerging from Wikileaks’s leaks, including the latest batch of #cablegate leaks.

With sympathy sites on the rise – and thousands more people saving the ‘insurance’ file on these sites to portable hard-drives 😉 – other people, who shall remain ANONYMOUS, have been involved with OPERATION: PAYBACK, who utilised the easy to use LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) app to shut-down VISA and disrupt Mastercard for their refusal to handle donation payments to Wikileaks.

This, friends, is anarchy in action. It’s also a battle that governments and corporations have little chance of winning… as long as we stay vigilant, and remain active!

Join the Hive, join the revolution!

There are times when the mask of government slips to reveal the tyrant that it truly is. We witnessed this first hand when the British government sent the army to our towns to subdue the miners. Now governments and corporations are sending out the message that anyone who dares to step outside the heavily vetted world of the laughingly entitled ‘free press’ will face relentless intimidation – which has even included death threats! – and the full force of the (auto)repressive regime that is Empire. For despite the veneer of ‘democracy’ and the sickeningly false humility of our leaders we are only free to do whatever we’re told. After all, the greatest threat to true liberty is the belief that you already have it 😉 We’re not usually big on petition signing, but the Wikileaks situation is pretty exceptional so we’re encouraging people to do just that. This from Avaaz

The massive campaign of intimidation against WikiLeaks is sending a chill through free media advocates everywhere.

Top US politicians have called WikiLeaks a terrorist organization and suggested assassination of its staff, and the organization has come under intense government and corporate attack. But WikiLeaks is only publishing information passed to it by a whistle-blower. And it has partnered with the world’s leading newspapers to vet the information it publishes.

If WikiLeaks has broken laws, it should face legal action. But the immense extra-judicial intimidation is an attack on democracy. We urgently need a public outcry for freedom of the press and expression. Sign the petition to stop the crackdown and forward this email to everyone — let’s get 1 million voices this week!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?vl

WikiLeaks isn’t acting alone — it has partnered with the top newspapers in the world (The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc.) to carefully review 250,000 US diplomatic cables and remove any information that it is irresponsible to publish. Only 800 cables have been published so far. Past WikiLeaks publications have exposed government-backed torture, the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and corporate corruption.

The US government is currently pursuing all legal avenues to stop WikiLeaks from publishing more cables, but the laws of democracies protect freedom of the press. The US and other governments may not like the laws that protect our freedom of expression, but that’s exactly why it’s so important that we have them, and why only a democratic process can change them.

Reasonable people can disagree on whether WikiLeaks is releasing more information than the public should see. Whether it undermines diplomatic confidentiality and whether that’s a good thing. Whether its founder Julian Assange has the personal character of a hero or a villain. But none of this justifies a vicious campaign of intimidation to silence a legal media outlet by governments and corporations. Click below to join the call to stop the crackdown:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?vl

Ever wonder why the media so rarely gives the full story of what happens behind the scenes? This is why – because when they do, governments can be vicious in their response. And when that happens, it’s up to the public to stand up for our democratic rights to a free press and freedom of expression. Never has there been a more vital time for us to do so.

The veneer has well and truly peeled from the sham that is British democracy. Even those who believed in – and voted for – the supposedly democratic process are now forced to recognise that it is nothing more than a con-job (or should that be ConDem-Job!).

Clegg the Smeg claimed to oppose a rise in tuition fees, but was secretly supporting them (though we’re sure that he – and everyone else for that matter – never expected that he would be in a position where he’d be found out). Cameron’s Tories claimed to want to decentralise government, break up quangos and stem governmental attacks on liberty – yet now they’re further centralising the education system, replacing Labour’s quangos with their own and are further strengthening the database state. The story under Labour wouldn’t have played out any differently. For they are all following the same neoliberal agenda that has been fucking us over for 30+ years (regardless of who’s supposed to be in power at the time).

For the last couple of decades too many people in our country have silently enjoyed the crumbs and baubles that the rich have awarded them for their compliance, whilst the voice of the oppressed has been completely ignored; for a long time those paying the highest price were comfortably out of view – far away in the ‘third world’ or hidden in ‘sink estates’ (and although the media liked to encourage people to be ‘charitable’ they always helped to maintain that underlying myth that poverty was the fault of the poor, not the inevitable result of others having hoarded most of the wealth for themselves) – but now the rich are tightening their belts (i.e. stealing from the poor) and more and more people are seeing the true face of capitalism – and it’s biting them right on the arse. At last the beast is unmasked. And shit is it ugly!

Government as we know it is a tool used by big business and corporations to control the very people that ‘representative democracy’ claims to represent – us. In reality the job of government is to control the flow of currency, ensuring that wealth and power goes to the right people – the rich. Everything else – everything truly worthwhile – is actually created by society itself; though government still likes to take credit so it can keep the taxes coming in.  The good news is that modern technology now allows us to go way beyond the old bureaucratic systems and effect a true, participatory democracy; a rule by and of the people – self-rule.

The people  who best understand the technology that will allow this to happen are also the ones who have made the most visible and direct stand against the current British government – it’s time we all took a lesson from the students!

On Wednesday 24th November there will be a National Day of Action where students, school-kids, teachers and lecturers will  walk out of universities and schools to take a stand against the cuts and rise in tuition fees. There’s talk of occupying Lib Dem constituency offices across the country – among many other things 😉

Everyone should show their support in some way or another. No matter where you are there’s always something you can do to show solidarity on the 24th – go on, be creative!..

Download a free PDF of the ‘Best Cut’ poster here.

The following is taken from a report by The Daily Record

AN innocent man was thrown in jail for three months – because he was carrying a rose.

Cops viewing CCTV thought the single rose Stephen McAleer had in his hand as he walked home was a knife.

He was arrested and sent to Barlinnie Jail on remand. And 28-year-old Stephen’s prison ordeal only ended when he was cleared at a two-day trial this week.

A CCTV expert enhanced the images and testified that the item he was carrying was a rose in a plastic sleeve, which tapers to a knife-like point at the end of the stem.

Stephen admits he has served a jail sentence for a previous knife offence but says he has been trying to “move on” since his release in December 2008.

He said yesterday: “Jail was torture – although the other prisoners who heard what I was in for were laughing at me.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. The police were saying I had a knife and they had pictures to prove it.”

Stephen, from Newmilns, Ayrshire, was quizzed over the “blade” after he went to speak to police about traffic offences.

He said: “All of a sudden the police started asking me about a knife, saying they had CCTV pictures of me with one.

“It was from a few weeks previously, when I was walking home with my fianc›e from her mum’s house.

“I was trying to rack my brain to think what it could have been I was carrying. It eventually dawned on me that it had been the rose in its plastic wrapper. But I was still kept in prison until my case came to court.”

Stephen added: “You couldn’t make it up. I am sure no one else has ever spent three months in prison for having a rose.

“When I was being taken from jail to court for the start of my trial one of the other prisoners actually said to me, ‘Don’t worry, Stephen, you’ll come up smelling of roses.

“It would have been funny if it hadn’t been for the fact that I was facing being sent to jail for even longer.”

Stephen, who admits he has convictions for drugs and assault, insisted: “I am ashamed about my past and would never get involved with knives again.

“I am not sure what the answer to the problem of knife crime is. But it certainly isn’t locking up someone for carrying a rose. for their girlfriend just because they have offended before.

“I lost three months of my life.”

Stephen was cleared of carrying a knife by a jury at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

The court heard he and fianc›e Rochel le had been celebrating her birthday with her mum Joanne Ewing, who bought the rose for her because it was her favourite purple.

As they walked home, he was carrying it for her.

Joanne said yesterday: “I saw the rose and bought it because it it was purple, which is Rochelle’s favourite colour.

“Who would have thought it would have led to what has happened. I think what Stephen has been put through is totally ridiculous.”

Stephen said: “I am utterly relieved at the jury’s verdict and very thankful that my lawyer got the CCTV pictures enhanced. The question is why didn’t the police or the fiscal do that?”

Well we all know why, don’t we? Because the police are incompetent.

Once again we are reminded of Franklin’s famous observation:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.