Political Campaigning in East Anglia

The political irrelevance that are the Liberal Democrats are having a torrid time in East Anglia and have got rather upset by things on Twitter today. #LibDemsnotwinninghere #Whininghere etc. They have no MP’s in Suffolk and by reports we have received from Norman Lamb’s constituency, they are shortly about to have no MP’s in Norfolk either. Asking for votes from the people so you can overturn the democratic will of the people is never going to be a vote winner. So the glorious prospect of a Lib Dem free East Anglia is possible. Intelligence sources indicate that the Saint Margaret’s Ward Residents Association Ipswich Lib Dems haven’t done much outside Saint Margaret’s as is their tradition.

Ipswich Labour  were campaigning in East Ipswich yesterday for Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate, Sandy Martin. Also, Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate, Sandy Martin was asked an interesting question at the Suffolk One Hustings. It was “Do you support Jeremy Corbyn?” Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate’s reply was somewhat naunced. He said that he supported the Labour Party. This was a politicians reply in that it didn’t answer the question. So, does Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate, Sandy Martin support Jeremy Corbyn?

East Anglia’s Premier Political Blogger has received a rather interesting Email from Militant Momentum. It claims that Militant Momentum can win the General Election for Jeremy of Islington. It talks about campaign weekends where battleground seats are flooded by Corbyn’s henchtrots. It is basically a strategy taken from Bernie Saunders failed Presidential campaign.

It also has a link to  a list of marginal seats so you can see their target seats within your local vicinity. What is very, very, very interesting about this list is the target seats in East Anglia. They are Norwich South and Cambridge. So the two local target seats are presently Labour. So they believe they are going to win the election by defending what they’ve already got.

We have heard reports from Norwich South that indicate that Clive Lewis could well lose his seat and obviously it would be good if the Conservatives won Norwich South because it would make East Anglia (Norfolk and Suffolk) Labour free. The Conservatives have an excellent candidate in Lana Hempsall and she would make an excellent MP for Norwich South as Chloe Smith is for Norwich North.

East Anglia’s Premier Political Blogger was somewhat put back on finding out that Cambridge was a Militant Momentum target. Theresa May’s candidate for Cambridge, Dr John Hayward is a good candidate but I would have still thought that Daniel Ziechner was safe. But if the pathological optimists of Jeremy of Islington’s henchtrots in Militant Momentum aren’t so sure, who knows?

The Conservatives are campaigning hard across the region and are getting a great response on the doorstep. A lot of this is due to the brilliance of Theresa May and a country that works for everyone achieved by strong and stable leadership through Brexit and beyond by Theresa May and her excellent candidates is a message that resonates with the public  in comparison to the alternative of a Corbyn coalition of chaos.

In Ipswich, Theresa May’s candidate, Ben Gummer‘s positive on going vision of Ipswich rising resonates with the Ipswich electorate who are proud of their town and their country and are fed up with their town and their country being run down by Labour.

Let’s make East Anglia Labour and Lib Dem free. Let’s have a country that works for everyone achieved by strong and stable leadership.

Vote Conservative

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Imprisoned for her art in Iran


Atena Farghadani, imprisoned for art

Imprisoned for drawing a satirical cartoon, prosecuted for shaking her lawyer’s hand in prison – Atena Farghadani has paid a high price for making art and speaking her mind in Iran, where dissent is met with heavy punishment.

30-year-old Atena was freed one year ago after an international campaign for her release – she had been due to serve 11 more years in prison. But she isn’t free of the nightmare.

Atena remains in Iran, and spoke to us via Skype for this podcast. She does not speak English; her words are voiced by UK-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi.

Imprisoned for her art

In 2014, Atena was arrested for a cartoon that she had drawn a few months previously. The art student had depicted members of the Iranian government as monkeys in parliament, in response to new government plans to significantly roll back women’s rights and reproductive rights for all in the country.

12 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards came to Atena’s home in September 2014. They questioned Atena and her family, and took Atena away for interrogation. Her nightmare had begun.

Atena was taken to Evin prison and immediately placed in solitary confinement. She was kept in the small cell in isolation for two weeks, leaving only for intense interrogations.

Atena hadn’t committed any crime – she’d simply been expressing her right to freedom of expression, through her artwork, and freedom of association, by meeting with families of political prisoners. But the Iranian authorities were determined to punish Atena for speaking out. Every part of her life was put under the microscope.

Atena described the interrogations:

After six weeks of interrogation – the first fortnight in solitary confinement – Atena was released on bail. In December, once she was out of prison, Atena posted a youtube video about her experiences under interrogation. She was summoned to court a week later, but there was no trial – Atena was taken straight to prison.

Shackled to the hospital bed

In February 2015, Atena went on hunger strike to protest against her prison conditions. She was being held in Gharchak prison, where violence was rife, and extreme – there were murders and rapes, with prison guards too afraid to intervene. Atena appealed to be moved to Evin prison, where political prisoners are held.

After 22 days of hunger strike, Atena suffered a heart attack.

“I was transferred to hospital. My family weren’t permitted to visit me. Even in hospital, I was handcuffed and shackled to the bed.”

Doctors said she was at risk of slipping into a coma. Atena was moved to Evin prison.

After nine months in detention, on 1 June 2015, Atena was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for charges including:

  • Gathering and colluding against national security
  • Spreading propaganda against the system
  • Insulting members of parliament through paintings
  • Insulting her interrogators.

Subjected to ‘virginity tests’ for shaking her lawyer’s hand

“The prosecutor said if I were ‘a good girl’, I would not shake hands with a man.”

While her lawyer was visiting Atena in prison, Atena shook his hand, to thank him. The prison authorities saw this and punished her over the odds.

Atena’s lawyer was himself imprisoned and put on trial. Atena, too, faced more charges for having ‘a sexual relationship short of adultery’. She was smeared in the press.

Atena was subjected to a ‘pregnancy test’ and a ‘virginity test’ for shaking her lawyer’s hand.

“It was invasive and degrading.  It was a way of putting pressure on me. It’s a tactic they use sometimes against political prisoners – particularly young, unmarried women.”

Atena went on hunger strike again – to protest against the new, ridiculous charges.

“I said I would rather die than to lose my reputation in this way –  this accusation must be removed from my file.”

The charges were eventually dismissed – but only after Atena had been put on trial.

“They immediately arranged a trial for me. I didn’t have any representation as my lawyer was now also on trial himself. Eventually, his lawyer ended up representing me too, and we were both exonerated.”

Secretly painting in prison

Atena kept her spirits up in prison by painting – using whatever she could find.

“The guards would bring us milk in paper cups, which I would save to draw on. I’d gather flower petals and twigs in the prison yard, and crush the petals into a paste to use as paint… When the guards found one of the drawings in my cell, they stopped bringing me paper cups.”

When the prison guards discovered Atena had been painting, they interrogated her and searched her body for any materials. They didn’t believe she had made the paint from flower petals.

Released over a decade early

“I really didn’t expect to be released from jail”

More than a year and a half after she was first arrested, and after a huge international campaign for her release, Atena was freed from prison on 3 May 2016. Her 12 year and 9 month sentence had been reduced to 18 months, after an appeal. The charge of ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ with her cartoon was upheld, though it was decided she had already served time for this.

Atena was given a three-year suspended sentence for ‘insulting Iran’s leader’ – which means that she could still be sent back to prison at any point until May 2019. This is a common tactic to try to deter former prisoners from speaking out.

While her experience has scarred Atena, it has not stopped her from speaking out. She has been expelled from art school and no galleries will exhibit her artwork – she says they are too scared – but Atena remains defiant and determined.

“I won’t stop what I’m doing at all, even though I think I may get sent back to prison. I don’t intend to stop protesting or making political art.”

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Book Review: Duplicity and Denial: a concise history of the Lib Dem’s


This very informative book hasn’t been written yet but we have decided on the title which sums up the Lib Dems to perfection.

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Corbyn’s Henchtrots Jeered at Veteran

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Labour’s appalling NHS PFI legacy


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Corbyn’s Dumfriesshire Candidate Hates Britian as much as Corbyn does

Jeremy of Islington’s Candidate in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Douglas of Camden, has said that British troops in Northern Ireland have “blood on their hands.” He has also called the poppy a “propaganda symbol.” He also spread a poster which told the public to form a “queue here to piss on Thatcher’s grave” soon after she died.

What is apparent from this story is that they had to select a Labour councillor from Camden as Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate in this Scottish seat because they couldn’t find anyone locally who agreed with Jeremy of Islington’s abhorrent views.

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The contempt that the North London left have for this country is reason enough for people to vote for strong and stable leadership under Theresa May by voting for Theresa May’s candidates instead of Jeremy of Islington’s candidates

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Education Policies

Jeremy of Islington’s education policies are elitist. He wants to give everyone free school diners by taking the ladder away from children of middle earners. He wants to tax private school fees. This means that middle earners who have scraped and addled to get their children a good education will no longer be able to afford it. This means that a private education will be a privilege of the rich and the aspirational middle class will have their aspirations crushed.

Jeremy of Islington also wants to scrap university tuition fees at the expense of the working class. Without tuition fees, tuition would have to be paid for by the government. Obviously the cost of this could be anything according to Dianne Abbott’s Mathematical skills. Obviously due to the magic money tree not existing, how much the government can pay would be limited. This would mean that there would have to be a cap on university places, so that many school leavers would miss out on the opportunity.

Also, it is totally unfair for somebody to leave school and work in a supermarket to pay taxes to allow others to be educated and be able to earn three times as much.

Jeremy of Islington’s education policies create an elitist system for the benefit of the elite and are all about keeping the working class down.

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