Have The Right To Remain Silent, Punk!
democratic freedoms, the very right to walk the streets of our city, are being
sold out to the grotesquely rich Duke of Westminster as he seeks to squeeze more
money from ordinary working people. Liverpool City Council is backing the
privatisation of 35 public rights of way and a series of compulsory purchase
orders for a £750m redevelopment of the Paradise Street area.
An area of Liverpool stretching from Hanover Street to The Strand will be
policed by a private force known as 'quarter masters', if a public inquiry
happening right now says yes. If a Government inspector approves a series of
applications to take away traditional rights of way with public realm
arrangements it will pave the way for the private sector to control who can -
and cannot - enter the shopping area.
”Keeping The Riff Raff Out”
Council and developers admit that taking away the rights of ordinary people
isn’t necessary for the project to go ahead, they just want “to control and
exclude the riff- raff element".
Well, who’s to decide who’s “riff-raff”?
Some minimum wage security guard from out-of-town?
The consultants are
recommending American-style “controlled zones”, sterile areas given
over totally to shopping, eating and drinking.
But these streets are public spaces that we have walked for centuries in
If the proposals are accepted rules will be drawn up to be applied in the
Alcohol and food only to be consumed in designated areas – their shops,
where they can milk you of money;
Skateboarding and rollerblading not allowed;
Demonstrations will also need police permission with a controlled meeting
Street entertainers will need permission, even girls with violins
owners and money men – especially the semi-invisible companies that own half
the city - don’t want to have to deal with looking at locals who may not be
wearing expensive clothes.
Eating food in my mall? Not dressed right? Three black lads with your
hands in your pockets? Kids out without their mums?
Hanging around with no money to spend? Get out! Get lost!
Just Who Do We Think We Are?
not just people going from one place to another without spending money who will
be watched, challenged and barred out.
People with a story to tell or a grievance they want you to know about
will also be victimised by this greedy and disgusting theft of public space.
The right to legitimate protest, to hand out leaflets against injustice
or simply talking to people about important issues will be abolished completely.
Liverpool already has more cctv cameras and beady-eyed security guards
than anywhere else in Britain.
Do you want to be watched everywhere you go in the city centre?
Pretty soon New Labour will be introducing identity cards. How would you
like to have to produce one to some deadbeat with a can of mace in order to buy
a Big Mac or go to Debenhams? If the privatisation of everything continues we
won't be able to go anywhere or express any opinion without our owner’s
Civil rights group Liberty are to investigate the plans for the UK's
first privatised city centre. Their lawyers would be carefully examining the
scheme to decide whether to mount a legal challenge.
are you going to do about it?
It’s Not Possible…………
Ask the people of Bolivia if
it’s possible or not.
What began as isolated strikes for better working conditions in the tin
mines and against the export of natural gas and privatisations, turned in
October into a full-scale insurrection against pro-market policies imposed by
the IMF. People established neighbourhood committees which organised road
blockades, isolating the capital, La Paz.
The trade union federation, our TUC, called a general strike and the
government called out the army to push petrol through to La Paz.
Shots were fired and protestors killed.
In response, protests began in La Paz during which there were more
began as isolated demands for social justice in a country where 80% of people
live below the poverty line turned into a political demand that the president
stand down. Tens
of thousands of people began to march on the capital and despite a military
crackdown, martial law being declared and mass arrests and murders, eventually
the president was forced to resign and fled to a ‘safe’ city in the west.
He will become the latest asylum-seeker welcomed to America’s shores.
This was no crazed military dictator.
President Gonzalo de Losada was a nice looking, US-educated businessman
and regular churchgoer.
But years of grinding down the people and lining his and his cronies
pockets with bribes and kick-backs from western companies eager to exploit
Bolivia proved his downfall.
Now what other nice-looking political leader famous for kickbacks,
cronies and selling us out to the Americans do we know?
You Buy The Dream But Live The Nightmare
is a sickness killing the planet.
It encourages greed, creates the illusion of hope, counterfeits happiness
out of the things we buy, drives people to despair, madness and death.
You keep it going by buying things you don’t really need, that you
think will make you happy but only make you empty inside, that you throw away
and replace with something equally crap.
SLUTS AND SAD BASTARDS
athletes have been forced to parade their bodies on a pay-per-view site to raise
money for winter training; it seems the Dutch Athletics Union is happy to make
money from their performance on the track but won’t pay for the training that
gets them there. The site was
created by a (male) trainer, who is selling images of the women in the same way
a pimp sells time with one of his girls. The
site received 2m hits in one day alone, proof that the sick gym-shorts brigade
is still with us. Like everything
else, sport -and sportswomen’s bodies- is for sale.
or Sports Illustrated? Pay your
money, take your choice.
ADMITS: WE’RE CRAP
The boss of
Barclays has admitted he would rather gnaw his left leg off than use one of his
own credit cards: “It’s a mugs game, debt, and only idiots like my customers
would use a Barclaycard”. He went
on to say he would “feed his children to a pack of wolves (cute!) before
letting them borrow on credit”. Barclaycard’s
9m customers – and everyone else living in never-never land by buying things
on credit – are about to suffer one of the worst economic crashes in history.
Like addicts they can’t stop shooting up (or as the junkies call it,
“shopping”) and the more worried they are by debt the more they have to buy
to make them happy. Boss Matt
Barrett earns £1.7m a year – that’s why he doesn’t need to use a credit
and vampires rule this planet. Which
GOT A JOB? FUCK
boss of Jobcentre Plus (hah!) has admitted it is agency policy to sack people
just days before they reach two year’s employment.
In case you’ve never worked anywhere near that long, two years is when
you become entitled to pension payments, holidays and other employment
‘rights’. He’d previously told MPs that such treatment by an employer
would be “appalling”, apparently forgetting that it’s policy for the
agency he runs.
But David Anderson can afford to be appalling: he earns almost £200,000
a year forcing people to take mickey mouse jobs and making disabled people work.
works for the government you voted in.
Tough, isn’t it?
WAS HATTON ALWAYS A
times change. Derek Hatton, once
the working class hero of Liverpool’s militant working class, has turned into
a money-grubbing, property-mad sleaze bag.
Robbed of a computer, a Mercedes convertible and a Chrysler Cruiser worth
£60,000, he said “I can now sympathise with Tony Martin (the mad farmer
killed a teenage burglar when he broke into his home). I only wish I had woken
up so I could have done something (what, blown them apart with a shotgun?).
They have violated my home and taken the liberty of stealing things”. Hatton promised people the earth and when it all when wrong
he pissed off and sold out to whoever would fund his ‘celebrity’ lifestyle.
Now, when the crime he couldn’t cure comes back to bite him in the ass,
he reaches for a pump-action shotgun. Where’s
your politics now, Degsy, or was it just a game you played to get what you
guns ARE the answer. It
only depends which way they’re pointed, eh?
Kinder Face of Capitalism………
for some heart-warming stories about capitalism us anarchists would never tell
Child Slaves Saved In Africa
children sold into slavery by their parents for as little as £25 have been
rescued from a quarry in Nigeria where they were being slowly worked to death.
Not so lucky were the 13 children already dead from illness, starvation
and beatings. Nor the 6000 other
children indentured in Nigeria, living lives of equal brutality before dying,
un-mourned and unremembered. The children, some as young as four, can earn up to
25p a day quarrying rocks and breaking them for gravel using primitive tools.
Earlier, 116 children were rescued from the same quarries in September
and 1200 children sold to work the Lake Volta fisheries were returned to Ghana.
But little can be done to rescue the thousands of children sold as sex
slaves and prostitutes throughout West Africa; their owners are usually
important priests, businessmen and politicians who can’t be touched.
At least someone is looking out for them, hey?
Italian Couple Bring Hope To Child
heart would not be warmed by the tale of Oracio, a little Albanian boy given the
chance of a new life by an Italian couple desperate for a family?
Or the fact that his parents, Kujtim and Fatmira got a new TV from the
couple for selling Oracio to them?
Or that their other five children now watch Venezuelan soap operas on the
TV? Or that the £5000 paid by the Italian pensioners was pocketed by the
child-trafficking gang that set the deal up? Or that up to 15000 other Albanian
children have been trafficked throughout Europe, all of them – presumably –
to good homes and loving parents. Children can be bought for as little as £1000
or – as in this case – a new TV, then sold by child-trafficking gangs for £200,000
to wealthy European couples, often in sordid ‘auctions’.
Some are sold on repeatedly and end up in brothels, often near to US Army
make the connection.
It isn’t just in impoverished Africa that it happens, its wherever
there is a commodity that someone is prepared to buy – don’t you just love
the free market at work……..
Baa Lambs Saved –
sheep have been saved from a horrible death in Saudi Arabia (having their
throats cut) and sent by a caring Australian government to live out their lives
in comfort on an idyllic tropical island.
no, actually. The
Saudi inspectors found the consignment infested with disease and refused to
allow it in. The
sheep sat on the ship for two months in searing heat before the owners were
forced to take them back.
But the government won’t let sick sheep back into the country so has
sent them to the Cocos Islands – without bothering to ask the islanders –
where they will sit off-shore in crowded cages until they die and are thrown
overboard or are certified disease-free so they can be slaughtered in good old
You vote for it every year and you pay with the rest of your life