Monday, 30 June 2008

Dark Times In Harare

I love Africa, I always have. I love its hot, crisp air, I love the languages, the people, the landscapes that stretch for ever and the terrible reggae music on the radio's.

What Mugabe is doing is an abomination. He has torn his own country apart, betrayed his people and reduced Zimbabwe to a wreck. Now he steals an election whilst Thabo Mbeki smiles incoherently from the sidelines.

We need practical action. Our Government and all of us have to do something.

1. Freeze bank accounts, seize assets of the elite in the UK
2. A total EU wide travel/visa ban, including airspace and territorial waters, on any ZANU-PF official, any member of Mugabe's family and any Zimbabwean military officer
3. Fund and train and support in every way possible every form of mobilisation and resistance by the people of Zimbabwe. I read that a baby had had its legs broken to punish the parents. This must be stopped.
4. Food, Aid and medicine drops by the EU/NATO over suffering areas to try and lessen government stranglehold.
5. Heavy lobbying of Jacob Zuma to condemn Mugabe and cut off support when he is SA President. Mbeki is a lost cause, Zuma is the future. Lets try and make it a bright one.

6. Us, the ordinary Citizens , should noisily protest day and night outside the Zimbabwean embassy and offices of companies that support his regime.

One thing that is not needed is military intervention. As Iraq proved, you cant make war on a dictator, you only kill the people. We don't need to go down this road. But there are many steps we can take. Lets start now.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Supermodels, Giant Lizards and Racists

If you can't tell, this post refers to the David Davis by election, which sadly has turned into a bit of joke. Its a real shame that no-one in support of 42 days has stood, which shows I think the flimsiness of their argument and the illusory nature of public suppport for the policy.

But this leaves Davis facing a collection of opponents of varying sanity, including the amazingly stupid David Icke, who believes that the world is run by Giant Evil Lizards, principally the Queen and Kris Kristoffersen.

Actually, he might have a point there...

Monday, 16 June 2008

David Davis

Following on from my earlier post, I should thank David Davis for giving people the opportunity, via his by-election, to protest and demonstrate. And perhaps, through the use of one hard won right, the vote, win back another.

42 days and all that jazz

Wow. Its been a long time since I have posted on here, but I'm back baby!!

Anyway, down to business.

42 days is wrong because it represents an assault by the state on an individuals abilty to face criminal proceedings with confidence that his rights will be protected and that the system is impartial. 6 weeks is a long time to spend being interrogated in a jail cell, separated from your family, made to look like a criminal in front of your community.

Beyond that, it contravenes all the principles of ancient English liberty set down in the Magna Carta, fought for in the Civil War, reaffirmed in 1688 and 1832 and 1968...

Time and time again the executive of this country, thinking itself above the law, has sought through panic or cynicism to constrain the liberties of ordinary people. Time and time again the people have stood up and claimed their rights. In the words of Shelley, 'we are many and they are few'.

Thnking about, the current climate probably means that I should point out that neither I or Shelley was proposing insurrection or violence. Just dissent, protest and demonstration.